I’m finding it impossible to report this without sounding like a shallow groupie, but I was startled to find recent photos of Anthony Bourdain with a crewcut. I’m not kidding. Joe DiStefano at Serious Eats snapped some shots while Tony was in Flushing, N.Y., right before Thanksgiving — filming a commercial for Chase Sapphire.
The second most startling thing was reading that Bourdain used his signature line, “…and I’m hungry for more,” to shill for Chase, but we all know that couldn’t have been his idea.
Could his sleeker new look be a response to certain cruel comments (Ahem, Morgan?) about his former spikey, over-gelled ‘do?
La Diva Cucina was in Miami on November 13 for Bourdain’s appearance with Jacques Pepin and Eric Ripert and provides a beautiful illustrated write-up. While Ripert and Pepin competed in a cook-off, Tony chugged a beer in the background, not even pretending to be anybody’s sous chef this time. You have to wonder how much longer the press will persist in calling him the “bad-boy chef.”
La Diva also feels much the way I did about being forced to watch live cooking on stage through the lens of a camera, which I experienced at the Capital Food Fight on November 11.
Guest blogger Natalie at Corn Commentary rips Bourdain a new one for the way he answered her question during his appearance in Columbus, Ohio, on November 21.
While Tony was in Columbus, Restaurant Widow got asked to arrange dinner for Tony and Michael Ruhlman at her favorite restaurant, Kihachi. During his appearance, Tony told the audience her blog was where he learned about the restaurant. He’s been saying he now relies on local bloggers for dining recommendations.
It’s another reason I’ll never hear him utter the words “Cats Working” in public. There isn’t a restaurant in Richmond, Va. I could recommend (not that there probably aren’t some great ones — I just don’t get out much). My favorite is a nearby award-winning barbecue joint called Q.
Diners Without Frosted Tips got some illicit video of Bourdain talking about his favorite breakfast during his appearance in Rochester, N.Y., on November 20.
I Appreciate That admires polar opposites — Anthony Bourdain and Woody Harrelson. I wonder if she’d think less of Tony if she knew he has been known to say unkind things about Woody’s eating habits? (Somebody help me out here. It was on No Res, speaking before a large group. Was he in New Zealand?)