I’ve been hoping Anthony Bourdain would settle down in North America once he gets Vietnam out of his system, but it’s not to be, according to remarks Bourdain made this week in Kansas City.
Blogger Owen Morris quoted Tony as saying, after he lives in Vietnam for a year…
“I will be an Italian citizen. I will because I am married to an Italian. Healthcare is a concern to me and my child’s healthcare is a concern to me and it’s free in Italy. Education is free in Italy and you can actually buy a really nice house there and I could never afford to be in a place in New York. Honestly, I’ve been kicking the idea around depending on how things go. Having the grandparents nearby – my daughter loves them and they’re very hands-on. Having grandparents in Italy is a whole different variety. You’re talking 24 hour day care there. Constantly engaging the child and feeding them good food.”
So now we know how he got Ottavia to agree to spend a year in Vietnam.
Bourdain’s desire for the freebies enjoyed by Italians made perfect sense after what he had to say about the recent Forbes list that ranked him the 10th highest-paid celebrity chef…
“That was really fucked. I am really unhappy about that. I don’t make anywhere near that money. The IRS will be extremely confused by seeing this or intrigued, dangerously so I think, when I accurately report my income for the year as being nowhere near that number. My ex-wife will certainly be intrigued and at the end of the day, I’m just not making that kind of bread. And what’s worse, they called and asked. I said I don’t want any part of it and I’m certainly not providing you with numbers, and they went ahead and guestimated. I have a really hard time believing Mario Batali only brings $3 million per year. It’s in no way been good for me.”
Read more on Bourdain’s appearance, with candid photos, at Morris’s excellent blog, Fat City.