Emeril Beat Anthony Bourdain to Richmond

April 20, 2009

By Karen

Dressed in camouflage, my fellow Massachusetts emigrant, Emeril Lagasse, came to Richmond on April 18 to film an episode of his new show, Emeril Green, with the soldiers at Fort Lee. Emeril had nothing but compliments for Army food.

(Photo - Mark Gormus, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

(Photo - Mark Gormus, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Between seasons of No Reservations my mind wanders, on Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain’s wedding anniversary today, to the land of What If. For example…

What If, when Tony met Ottavia, he had been pre-Kitchen Confidential, an underpaid chef, and an unknown, part-time novelist? Would she still have fallen for Antonio’s other charms? His smoking, his snark, his not-quite-ex-wife?

I mean this in no way as a reflection on Ottavia, because God knows I kept my fair share of bad boyfriends under wraps. But I’m guessing the very idea of bringing home to the parents a separated ex-junkie with a checkered work history, 20+ years her senior, would have eliminated him from consideration. TV fame and his potential for fortune must have helped his chances.

So in addition to getting the best job in the world, success brought Bourdain fatherhood, a hot wife, and a close new extended family. It’s the kind of “happily ever after” that would probably make Tony himself hurl. But Happy Anniversary anyway… and many more!

Now back to Bourdain’s April 4 appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee. Chef Joseph at Avanti Savoia’s Blog offers a thoughtful perspective from a non-fan point of view.

And one of Tony’s hosts wrote about his disappointing non-experience with Bourdain during shooting of the Washington, DC, episode.

That post led me to this great little cache of 9 deleted NR scenes from the most recent season, including Eamonn’s Irish pub in Alexandria, Virginia, where Tony enjoyed a sandwich of French fries and butter. You can also watch him mercilessly diss the pastry in Venice. Turns out he has no more respect for chocolate lovers than vegans. Who knew?


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