The Medium Raw Essay Challenge wrapped up on September 30 with more than 1,900 entries. Bourdain disengaged early on, commenting on 5 of the first few entries. His publisher has “people” sifting through the pile, so Tony evaluate only 10 essays, selecting a winner on or about November 1. To all Cats Working readers who entered, Good Luck!
Bourdain’s buddy Eric Ripert has been tweeting Gordon Ramsay a new asshole lately, and Eater.com did a pretty thorough analysis of what may be going on.
Bourdain spoke in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 30, and the local indie publication, Nuvo, snagged an interview, but it’s hard to tell how old it is because Tony mentioned Rome as an “upcoming” episode of NR. One daring question was asked: Does an eating disorder help Tony stay slim?
Jason Kerr, writing for the Houston Press, snuck into Bourdain’s appearance on September 20 (the one Tony thought went so badly), ended up briefly meeting Bourdain and losing his Sharpie forever. Jason has seen every episode of No Reservations and read the books, but still found Bourdain’s presentation “awesome.” He also provides some good pointers on how to crash an appearance without a ticket.
Tony spoke at length by phone to Australia’s most popular food blogger, Not Quite Nigella (Lorraine Elliott). It’s worth a look because she illustrated the interview beautifully. He talked about Ariane quite a bit, and said he wouldn’t mind having another daughter. He also said he doesn’t foresee ever writing another book like Medium Raw.
In a somewhat belated review of Medium Raw by Christa at Minnesota Reads, she asked who Bourdain thought his intended audience was. I have no doubt he wondered the same thing. Right now he straddles the worlds of food and travel, but he knows his grip on food is slipping, which is why he told Not Quite Nigella he’s through writing about himself.
Personally, I don’t entirely believe him. I see first-person books about his travels in his future — like the one he’s already contracted to write about Vietnam.
On September 30, Bourdain had a sold-out appearance with Ripert in Indianapolis. The IndyStar.com got some great candid shots of them, and almost as many complaints on the scant reporting of what was said. According to the attendees, Tony and the Ripper slayed ‘em.
When Bourdain appeared in St. Louis on October 1, he announced he’s filming an Ozarks episode of No Res in Missouri and Arkansas next season.
StLToday revealed that the protagonist of Tony’s upcoming graphic novel, Get Gyro or Get Jiro, will be a sushi chef.