Bourdain’s Gone Fishin’

By Karen

Anthony Bourdain took No Reservations back to Brazil, where he fished in the Amazon and made an impressive catch. Is it a trick of light, or does he look unusually svelte? (Tony, not the fish.)

Meanwhile, controversy simmers back in the States after Hannah Hayes, daughter of a Cargill executive, publicly called Bourdain out on Chapter 9 of Medium Raw, his rant on “Meat” where he named food giant Cargill as a force of evil.

Bourdain was surprisingly benign in his blogged response, although he stood his ground (beef) on treating meat with ammonia.

A Faustian Bargain declared “Bullshit!,” saying Bourdain at any other time is “the Glenn Beck of the food world.” He also claims his comment on Bourdain’s Travel Channel blog got deleted, so he posted it himself and expanded upon everything that he thinks is wrong with Tony.

I’m going to claim non-foodie neutrality here and not pick sides. However, I do think that Faustian may be spot-on that Bourdain softened (or was advised to soften) his stance because HarperCollins’ lawyers smelled a potential libel suit cooking.

In the Win Some, Lose Some Department…

The 2011 Producers’ Guild Awards were held on January 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No Res lost to Deadliest Catch for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television.

And on a lighter note, Chicago Foodies posed an interesting question: Is Bourdain starting to look like Eric Ripert? Hmmm…

Tony returned as a judge for week 7 of Top Chef All-Stars. If the Quickfire Challenge of filleting fish at Le Bernadin really was his brainchild it was, hands down, his finest hour ever on TC. Not only did he refrain from gratuitously making the cheftestants look silly just because he could, but he gave them an opportunity to display real-world skill.

Bonus: Padma was nowhere, which instantly elevated the challenge’s stature.

Tony shared judging duties with Justo Thomas, Le Bernadin’s resident fish prep chef and the hero of Medium Raw’s Chapter 18, “My Aim is True.”

Dale won the Quickfire, but the ensuing Restaurant War made me a bigger Fabio fan than ever. Last week, Fabio launched his own hilarious blog, and one of his first posts was about the Restaurant War, where he distinguished himself with a superior dessert and his management skills.

I’d like to see Fabio with his own cooking show. He could be the Italian Emeril.

Bourdain also blogged about the Restaurant War. In case you missed it, the increasingly scary/delusional Marcel had to pack it in with the foam and go.

There are many great recaps of this episode in the blogosphere, but David Dust’s had me laughing out loud.

Gawker was also hilarious. You know how I love a good Padma joke.

Tonight, I’m off to Sur La Table for Session 2 of Bourdain’s Kitchen Basics class, where I’ll learn about Stocks, Soups, and Sauces. Our dishes include: Rich Chicken Stock, Fish Stock, Mushroom Soup, Mussels Steamed in White Wine (Moules à la Grecque), and Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Bearnaise Sauce.

Full report on Wednesday…

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4 Responses to Bourdain’s Gone Fishin’

  1. adele says:

    Loved the Gawker and David Dust recaps of Top Chef; they were both laugh-out-louders. I’d only read the Silvestri recap in Eater, and it was pretty funny too. I took a break from work and read Fabio’s recap, and all I can say is, he’s certainly voluble — and in interesting English, no, less. Still, he’s adorable. Good luck tonight. Stock is easy, just time consuming, so I hope you end up at the Bernaise station, so you can conquer your previously expressed fear. Looking forward to Wednesday.

  2. I have to agree with you that the Top Chef Restaurant Quick Fire with Justo Thomas, which Tony says he helped “design,” was among the better challenges. Good luck with your class.

  3. catsworking says:

    Adele, Fabio has become addicted to tweeting. I think the only tweeter I follow who tweets more is CNN International. In addition to relentless self-promotion and plugs for his restaurants, cooking classes, and his e-cookbooks, he occasionally gets in some good one-liners. If he can manage to keep himself in the public eye after Top Chef ends, it wouldn’t surprise me to find him popping up on TV. I’d watch him. I appreciate his energy and his sense of humor. His blog post on cilantro was a riot. (www.fabioviviani.com)

  4. Zappa says:

    Crap.Laptop dying.iPod veryvery tiny
    Zappa’s mom

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