What’s Wolfgang Puck’s Beef With Bourdain?

By Karen

Wolfgang Puck got a bit testy when Nancy Luna at Fast Food Maven brought up Bourdain’s humorous persona during a recent interview. She likened his reaction to mentioning Steve Jobs to Bill Gates. Puck retorted…

“But, does he have a successful restaurant?”

Luna had met Tony in Los Angeles in March and he told her his favorite fast food is an Animal-style burger from In-N-Out.

(Photo - NY Post)

(Photo - NY Post)

On May 4, Bourdain was scheduled to attend the “Oscars of the Food World,” the 2009 James Beard Awards, although I can’t find a photo. His bud Eric Ripert’s restaurant, Le Bernadin, won Best Wine Service. Tony wasn’t in the running this year, but in 2008, he was named to the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.”

A TV show and all those personal appearances must be reviving interest in Tony’s fiction-writing efforts. His 1997 second novel, Gone Bamboo, is being reissued on June 4. I highly recommend it.

Which reminds me… the other day Typhoid Mary disappeared from my Bourdain collection. After ransacking the house, I deduced it must have fallen behind the bookshelf. Whew! The only book I lack is the Les Halles Cookbook. I’m nurturing a fantasy of finding it cheap — yet in pristine condition — at some used bookstore.

Can anyone verify an upcoming No Reservations in Wales? Wales Online said Bourdain praised the cuisine after a “recent visit” there…

“Teeming with great raw ingredients, great chefs and terrific cheeses, Wales is well on its way to becoming a major food destination for gastro-tourists.”

In an undated post, Busted Flush Press describes yet another of those weird, brief encounters with Bourdain in Greenwich at the Nevermore Awards during Edgar Award week.

Curious about Tony’s daughter Ariane’s love for Yo Gabba Gabba!, I found the “Robot” episode On Demand last night, but could only get about halfway through it. Fatherhood has really turned Tony to mush if he’s built up a tolerance for that unintelligible crap. Children deserve better, much better.

3 Responses to What’s Wolfgang Puck’s Beef With Bourdain?

  1. Bob says:

    Well sure Wolfgang might have a slew of TGI McFunster style restaurants. Saw one of them when I was in Niagara Falls.. But really what has he done lately???

    Maybe he’s just Jealous because Tony got lucky and doesn’t have to push the veal on a slow night.

    Honestly besides him doing the odd Oscar party. He hasn’t seen much publicity.

    I think its just a case of sour grapes.


  2. catsworking says:

    Bob, you’re right. Bourdain really did luck out by veering off into other careers while retaining the title “bad boy chef,” even though he hasn’t really cooked in years. He gets to enjoy the best of both worlds.

    But that’s because Bourdain did what no other chef I can think of has done. He wrote things other than cookbooks. As it turns out, he’s really a writer first, cook second. His travel writing is great, and his fiction is highly respectable. In fact, I was surprised with both of his novels that he was able to craft and sustain a plot so well.

    All these other guys are staying close to their roots, opening restaurants, doing cooking shows, selling cookware and, in Emeril’s case, food products.

    Rocko DiSpirito dared to leave his comfort zone for his short-lived attempt at ballroom dancing on Dancing with the Stars, which only proved he should have never left his day job.

    Compared to all these one-note chefs, Bourdain comes off like a true Renaissance man.

  3. MorganLF says:

    And he’s hot…

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