Bourdain’s Been Clipped

By Karen

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?)


16 Responses to Bourdain’s Been Clipped

  1. boscodagama says:

    Guys going bald often start with a crew cut. Hee hee.

  2. Bob says:

    Man you must have really gotten to him!!
    All of the ladies on here going on forever about his changing hair style… Guess he decided to just get it over with and ditch the spiked doo.

    Anyways I can see how starting a blog of my own will cause me to unravel in strange and exciting ways.
    I laid in bed last night thinking of how I could please Adele… Hmmm did I say that or just think it???

    Anyways I am working on the NYC trip posts in my brain, driving my squirrels into overdrive.

    Good Catch on Tony… But of course you all ways get the good stuff!!


  3. catsworking says:

    I’ve always thought the gel came from Tony thinking maybe he was going a little thin (and he’d probably be the only one to say so — guys are so over-sensitive to that). I liked his short curly hair, but it’s one of those looks that becomes overgrown and wild overnight. Since he’s photographed so much, maybe he wanted something with a longer lifespan, easier to maintain, AND cool when he’s in tropical climates.

    My last male friend was really bald on top, combing a few wisps straight back when I met him, like that fooled anybody. I convinced him to have all that mess cut off and go real short on the sides. At first, all his buddies made fun of him, but he LOVED it and I think wears it like that to this day, even though it’s been 5 years since we were together.

    I could get used to seeing Bourdain with a crewcut.

  4. Adele says:

    Karen, I’ll join the shallow groupie club and say that Bourdain’s new short do looks good. I kind of miss the curls, but it’s an excellent haircut. I’ve heard Tony bash Woody Harrelson several times, but for the life of me, I can’t think of the No Res episode in which his name came up — the context was something about being in Thailand and Harrelson refusing to eat anything but raw foods and eschewing all the fabulous street food. BTW did you catch the Diva’s 4 and 1/2 inch Jimmy Choo stilettos? Very impressive.

    And Bob, if I’m the Adele to whom you refer, you make me blush. I actually tried to post something on your blog yesterday, but it didn’t seem to work, perhaps because of the vagaries of my computer. I’ll be checking again today.

  5. Bob says:

    Adele actually your post did make it into my blog and a new post is up for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

    Yes I was talking about you, I have some ideas for the New York post keeping the squirrels in my brain busy.
    In a day or two…. OK

    Morgan. You’re welcome to come check out my new home too!!

    K I am done shilling for the day….

  6. catsworking says:

    OK, I went back and looked. He WAS in New Zealand. The show starts off with him speaking at the Savour Food & Wine Festival in Christchurch (I think) and he bombs. Talks about food porn and gets no reaction. Asks if there are any vegetarians in the audience. Nothing.

    This is the same episode where he gets rolled and almost killed by an ATV.

    Then I think it’s at the end that he returns for another speaking engagement and nails it. That’s when I think he talks about Woody.

    Adele, yes I did see La Diva’s shoes. Those were the days. I would have 2 broken legs within about 5 minutes on those heels now.

  7. Nate M. says:

    It was a Bourdain stop in Rochester, N.Y. and I have some more pics from the appearance if you’d like them 🙂

    Thanks for the link!

  8. marshmallow says:

    I don’t know… Honestly, i liked his curls much better. But it will grow back (c) Karen, thank you for sharing Bourdain news!

  9. Adele says:

    Alice is swooning over the picture of Yul. She says he looks so innocent as he’s napping, she’d love to cuddle up next to him.

  10. catsworking says:

    Hey, Nate! Thanks for the context. I keep a running calendar of Bourdain’s whereabouts when I see them, but didn’t seem to have any date to match up with what you mentioned. And he always wears virtually same thing, so the outfit isn’t much of a tip-off either.

    If you’ve got other good pics, please feel free to share them. Cats Working over time has morphed into a little coven of Bourdain-watchers.

  11. catsworking says:

    Marshamallow, welcome! What can I say? I obviously don’t have much of a life. Bourdain-watching has become my hobby, especially between seasons of No Res when I can travel vicariously. Oh, to have the bank account to do what he does…

  12. catsworking says:

    Tell Alice she’s got Yul blushing underneath his hard-as-nails exterior. I’m sure he’d love a cuddle-buddy. He’s quite the ladies’ man.

    Bob tipped me off on how to get a photo background in the header. I’d tried long ago but got nowhere. He and I are teaching each other features of WordPress, so his blog has already paid off for me.

  13. MorganLF says:

    He’s not losing his hair I was close enough to see that.

    But if I was a contrary Jersey boy that got annoyed by a bunch of hens dissing my “do” guess what I would do as an f’ you?

    I’m just sayin…

  14. catsworking says:

    Morgan, I think there’s something else at work there, like practicality. As much as he travels, maybe he just wanted something wash and wear.

    I just hope they don’t go crazy and whack off Ariane’s beautiful curls!

  15. MorganLF says:

    He’s been traveling for years and his look has always been wash & wear…running through caves and jungles with his unruly curls and thumb ring.

    Maybe this is just a new leaf or an f’u to busybodies.

  16. catsworking says:

    If you’re referring to all of us, I really don’t think we had anything to do with it. I just can’t see him sitting in the barber’s chair and saying, “Yeah, go ahead and cut it all off. THAT’LL show those bitches at Cats Working! Too much gel, my ass. F**k them!”

    Maybe he got a really bad haircut out on the road and the only way to fix it was to cut it all off and start over. Since he’s standing before large audiences and being photographed so much, he can’t afford to walk around with a Fantastic Sam botch job for 4 months like I did.

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