Next Bourdain Fix: “Top Chef All-Stars”

By Karen

On Bravo, December 1 at 10 p.m. (EST), Top Chef All-Stars begins and Anthony Bourdain’s back as a judge. I swore off TC after last season, but they’ve hooked me again by giving 2 of my past favorites, Carla Hall and Fabio Viviani, another opportunity to win.

Bourdain says he feels no urge to mentor the already-experienced cheftestants or to play “resident son of a bitch” at the judges’ table. But since all the contenders are well-versed in the rigors of the competition, let’s hope Tony doesn’t play softball with them.

While in Atlanta for a November 20 appearance, Tony stopped by CNN so Fredricka Whitfield could pepper him with most of the usual questions.

Remember Michael P., who won the Medium Raw essay contest? He traveled from his home in Dallas to NYC to stop by and pick up the $10K Tony pledged to the winner. While in the Big Apple, Michael dined at Les Halles. I was a bit surprised he claimed to be a huge Bourdain fan, but didn’t realize Tony’s a writer until earlier this year, when he bought a used copy of Kitchen Confidential.

Eric Ripert talked a bit to about his Bourdain “bromance.” He admits their friendship is improbable because their personalities are so different, but it works.

South Park has brilliantly lampooned food porn, the Food Network, and celebrity chefs in an episode called Crème Fraiche.

Tony dropped in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on November 26. The video wasn’t yet available when I wrote this, but maybe it’s there by now.

Ottavia tweets that the Bourdains are off to Vienna today. What a life!

4 Responses to Next Bourdain Fix: “Top Chef All-Stars”

  1. adele says:

    What a life, indeed. Vienna has never been one of my dream destinations, but I can only imagine how festive it will be right before Christmas. I just happened to see Rick Steves in Vienna, yesterday, and he was sitting in this beautiful Art Nouveau coffee shop; I found myself wishing I were there.

    I’m really looking forward to Top Chef All Stars as well, and since I’m in No Reservations withdrawal, it will be good to see Tony as a judge — I just hope he doesn’t take this “kinder, gentler” thing too far.

  2. MorganLF says:

    Vienna at the holidays, I could hang with that! Regarding the latest Ottavia tweets, Ms. Busia is turning out to be quite the wit, ( not that we didn’t already know that)!

  3. catsworking says:

    I was surprised that Bourdain has never been to Vienna, but maybe Austria is one of those clean and tidy countries he tries to avoid.

    I was just reading an article about how Denmark is becoming quite a hub for cutting-edge gastronomy, and we’re not talking about fermented shark.

  4. Imabear says:

    I’m sure he gets as tired answering the “same old questions” as we do of hearing them. Why is it that journalists can’t be more original? Isn’t that part of what journalism is supposed to be about? Do a bit of research and not just repeat the same old stuff, for crying out loud. Sorry if I’m venting, but I’m cranky today – a mild rear ending during the commute as I sipped coffee didn’t start my day off right.

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