Bourdain, Ray & Lee – Together Again

By Karen

Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Anthony Bourdain’s first cruel TV master, the Food Network, bought a 65% controlling interest in the Travel Channel for $181 million, bringing Tony back into the fold. I hope all the FN butts of his jokes are kind to him.

Scripps also plans to launch a Cooking Channel, which Bourdain mocked in “Robo Chef,” the first episode of his Alternate Universe Web series.

Last week, Winnipeg Bob withheld one New York City photo from us. He snapped Tony on the wall of Katz’s Deli. Unfortunately, this was as close as they got.


(Photo - Winnipeg Bob)

On November 18, Bourdain is appearing in Denver, and Tony’s Market there is running a 50-word essay contest. The winner gets to make dinner for Bourdain and meet him face-to-face.

Confirming the opinion of Cats Working’s Finnish reader, Fanfromfaraway, here’s a bit about how Bourdain wows ‘em in Helsinki.

Domestica saw Tony in Des Moines on November 5, and her husband thinks Bourdain’s a misogynist. Could it be all those Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, and Alice Waters digs? Domestica also has something interesting to say about Andrew Zimmern.

The Michigan Daily caught up with Tony before his appearance in Ann Arbor on November 7 and had him suggest a resolution to the Pakistan/Afghanistan problem (it involves Chicken McNuggets) and name his favorite album (The Stooges’ Fun House).

Tubefilter considers Bourdain’s writing in Kitchen Confidential and Alternate Universeoverseasoned.” If it is, I like whatever spice Tony’s using.

January 14-18, 2010, marks the 3rd annual (Grand) Cayman Cookout. Tony will be there, hosting a beachside BBQ at Calico Jacks, which Eric Ripert calls, “the best dive bar in the world.” Seems fitting.

And of course, Cats Working readers Morgan and Cindy and yours truly are having our own brush with Bourdain on November 11 when he co-hosts the Capital Food Fight in Washington, DC. Stay tuned…

7 Responses to Bourdain, Ray & Lee – Together Again

  1. Bob.. Yes From Winnipeg says:

    Hey Have fun in DC… Kick Ass.. Take Names.
    Dress to kill and .. well that’s up to you.

    Have some drinks for me, Tell good stories.
    Wish I was there


  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the link and some other news from Finland as well.

    We Finns are having fun in a Facebook-group called: “If 100.000 people in Finland join, Anthony Bourdain must come to Finland!”

    The group was started last friday (6.11.2009) and there are already over 21 000 members!! That is a LOT since we only have population about 5,3 million and not everyone in Facebook.

    It would be great if you all readers also would join the group even if you are not from Finland. You may find me from the admins 😉

    The mission of the group is to prove Anthony that Finland is really worth visiting. He has said that he doesnt come to boring Scandinavia anymore, but first of all Finland is not really a part of Scandinavia (which only indludes Sweden, Norway and Denmark). Other good points are that we really are not sophisticated, boring and “lagom” as swedish people and not barbaric like icelanders 😀 We are funny, crazy and unique with excellent food of course. We would also be kind to him. No Mämmi even if he wanted to… 😉

    But please join and if possible, it would be great if you could put a link to some of your blogwritings as well because I am not sure, if people read these comments.

  3. About that Nick Barlows text. The show airs for the first time from monday till thursday at 19:00 and reruns are on the next day at 16:00 and rereruns on weekend 😀 But, tomorrow is the last show and we do not know when it continues again 😦

    Otherwise it seems Barlow really knows what Anthony Bourdain and No reservations are about.

  4. Joanaroo says:

    Hi! I don’t get to watch Mr. Bourdain too often but like his sense of humor. Someone who blogs and loves him too is Corrin Renee out of Chicago, at She’s married, in her 20s and very nice. She is in the food and hospitality field and always has good recipe ideas.

  5. catsworking says:

    Fan, if sounds like you are well on your way to getting Bourdain to Finland, but I think he may already have his list of places to visit for Season 6 already set, so it may be a while. In fact, he’s in the process of filming Season 6 right now.

  6. catsworking says:

    Fan, I just checked out the Facebook page and you are up to 23,000+. Since it specifies that it must be people from Finland, I don’t think it would be fair for me to pad the numbers, but I will be happy to post a link to the page soon so other Finnish people may find it and vote. I was actually with Bourdain and his wife the other night and have much to report.

  7. Ok, thanks a lot 😉 There are already some people from other countries as well so I ask about changing the description a little bit and if that is not a big deal to creator I will let you know. Looking forward to your report, drooling… :p

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