Can Ripert Lure Bourdain Back to “Top Chef”?

By Karen

Anthony Bourdain is hard at work on Season 7 of No Reservations, recently visiting Rome and returning to Beirut for new episodes. NBC Washington got some scoop on his plans for Beirut. If the poll of “locals” down the right side of the page is any indication, he got a warm — preferably peaceful — welcome back.

Eater compiled a one-minute video ode to Bourdain’s eating and drinking in Season 6. The background score, “I Say a Little Prayer for You,” seems a little weird.

Speaking of weird, Bourdain has lined up a speaking gig in Nebraska on September 11. First Salt Lake City, now Omaha. He did speak in Texas in April and lived, so maybe it emboldened him for deeper forays into the red states.

And in the Friends of Tony Dept…

Entertainment Weekly reports that Eric Ripert is replacing that odious twit, Toby Young, as a judge on the upcoming Top Chef: Washington, DC, to air on on Bravo beginning June 16.

Here’s hoping that Tony will find time to share the judges’ table with his bud, Eric.

Some commenters at Slashfood hate the DC locale and the roster of political guests. I wish Tom Colicchio would fix co-host Padma Lakshmi a burger and fries to go.

Padma recently had a baby and deserves some slack, but did she look in a mirror before she left the house to attend the Met’s Costume Institute Gala?

And if you’re willing to make your eyes bleed, I found on Quote Unquote a photo of Toby Young à la Bourdain’s “boner” picture.


19 Responses to Can Ripert Lure Bourdain Back to “Top Chef”?

  1. MorganLF says:

    J’adore Ripert & the thought of the 2 of them together makes for great TV. Toby must go. What about Marco Pierre White? He’s a hottie, disheveled but fine. I’d watch those 3 read the phonebook.

  2. catsworking says:

    Morgan, after losing all interest in Top Chef over the past few seasons, I’ve marked my calendar to start watching it again. Eric Ripert without Toby is definitely a win-win, and now I think there’s a chance Bourdain will turn up. As for Nancy Pelosi being a guest, the only thing I’d enjoy watching her eat is razor blades.

  3. Adele says:

    Yes, but wouldn’t it be fun to watch Pelosi eat something really spicy and watch her face actually move? I really hope Ripert can lure AB back to Top Chef, and I’m kind of looking forward to the DC locale. I think it would make for some interesting challenges.

    I’m going through Bourdain withdrawal, and had to watch an NR re-run today. It was the Vietnam Central Highlands episode, and the beginning, recreating colonial France, was genius.

  4. Zappa says:

    Zappa’s mom here

    Show Nancy Pelosi the Toby “boner” picture and watch her botoxed forehead shatter! Good riddance to that tool!


  5. Tuxi says:

    Hi! Mom is catnapping during a baseball game on TV, so I grabbed the phone to look at Cats Working! I haven’t watched Top Chef and thought I’d check out that picture of Toby as a neutral party. Eww! I’ve seen pictures of and seen hot men on TV who make my mom make noises that 48-year-old women shouldn’t make, but this guy is Wanker Central and what I read about him isn’t good! If he’s not on now, I’ll get Mom to watch!

  6. Tuxi says:

    P.S. I’ve seen the pic of Tony holding the book over the weenie. If I can get in an event as a seeing-eye cat AND give Mom a pair of dark sunglasses AND Tony comes out on stage like that, I’ll sneak up behind him and nip his hiney and knock the book away! HA! HA! All the ladies will like that!

  7. Joanaroo says:

    No comment. Was it a book, Tuxi? I’ll have to look at it again to find out! =)

  8. Joanaroo says:

    Tuxi, that was a big piece of meat. And likely Toby was missing something that he had to hide with a book. Another blog had the same picture of Tony. I remember commenting that if cooking in the nude, don’t get too close to knives, cleavers, mixers and the oven!

  9. Zappa says:

    Hi Tuxi!
    My mom makes those odd noises as well.I would love to join you on stage and assist you in the hiney biting.My mom would be thrilled!! I think I would end up with all of the Nilla wafers and dried salmon any cat could wish for.Will we have to get in that horrible car thing?


  10. catsworking says:

    Morgan, Adele, & Cindy, the DC locale for Top Chef may make this year’s Capital Food Fight even more interesting.

    Zappa, when I first read your comment, I thought you were referring to Pelosi as “the tool,” but you meant Toby “the Tool” Young. Can you believe that little dweeb had the audacity to pose naked? Yuck!

  11. catsworking says:

    Tuxie, in the famous boner picture, Tony is holding a giant bone over his, well, you know. If he ever gets drunk enough to pose for anything like that again, I think a cat streaking across the stage and taking a quick swipe at his nut sack (but missing — a direct hit would be dreadful) would yield the desired result.

  12. Zappa says:

    Hi CW

    I apologize for being unclear,but my mom wrote that comment.She was referring to Toby as the tool,but I like your perspective very much.


  13. catsworking says:

    Zappa, the cats are intrigued by your reference to Nilla Wafers. Do you like them? Cole tentatively licked some pound cake last night, which seems like a soft version of a Nilla to me, but didn’t bite.

  14. Zappa says:


    Nilla Wafers are delishus!! I have some for my birthday cake every year and holidays as well.Pound cake is also very good.What’s really fun about Nilla Wafers is that I make the Human hold it for me while I lick it to pieces.Try some!


  15. Tuxi says:

    Hi Zappa! Humans claim we can’t taste sweet items but that’s a load of hooey! I love to take licks of Mom’s vanilla Frosty (Wendy’s) and the vanilla soft serve our Dairy Queen puts in a cup. Mom puts it on a spoon, but sometimes I put my tongue right in the cup. Hmm! Talk about food porn! I just take enough to keep any lactose intolerance at bay. My buddy Gracie likes the vanilla cream on the Dole Fruit and Cream cup desserts!

  16. Tuxi says:

    And Karen, I’m front declawed, as Mom found me, so as a stray I used my teeth alot. If that meat is prime, I have a good aim and can take the meat and leave Tony’s meat unscathed for the ladies to peruse! =) Ornery, aren’t I? Cats are so lucky in that we get to see everything at first glance and baby, as Flip Wilson said, What You See Is What You Get!

  17. catsworking says:

    The late Fred would eat nothing but vanilla yogurt and meat baby food in his final days, which he would only lick off my fingers. He went through 5 containers of yogurt. I think cats do taste sweet things. I’m talking about the yogurt, not my fingers. 😉

  18. Cindy says:

    Did ya miss me? IT has shut me out at work. I did figure out a way to get in, but it throws me out after 5 minutes. And I rarely go online at home.
    I have some info on this years Food Fight. The date is November 11. The hosts are Tony and Jose Andres. The judges have not been announced, but they should be selling tickets in a few more weeks.
    I will try to keep you informed as I find out more.

  19. catsworking says:

    Hi, Cindy, I did notice we hadn’t heard from you in a while. I got the 2009 annual report on the DC Central Kitchen and it mentioned as the site for tickets to the next one, but they’re not available yet. You’re right, Jose Andres and Bourdain seem to be only sure things so far.

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