Scott Hodge


Bourdain on Food Network

Feb 14, 2007

One of my favorite guys – Anthony Bourdain and his take on the Food Network

Best quote:

I mourn for Mario..and Alton…Bobby and yes–even Emeril, nobly
holding the fort while the TV empire he helped build crumbles like
undercooked Bundt cake into a goo of Cheez Wiz around him.


6 Responses to “Bourdain on Food Network”

  1. David W says:

    I don’t know who this guy is. He’s funny. I’ll give him that. I disagree with him except for Giada (she’s the most scary thing on TV) and Sandra Lee (he had it about right). I think the food network is a great station for real people. This guy may be a chef and he might be able to cook. The food network is not for him. It is for you and me. It is to help you get out of the Hamburger Helper, fast food driven world and actually cook something. I have made MANY recipes that I have seen on their shows. Although I don’t consider myself a chef, I feel as though I might be able to cook a little better.
    I love how he bemoans Bobby Flay and some chump from a local grocery store (as he put it). This guy needs a little taste of reality. There probably are people that go to grocery stores that do actually cook better than Flay and probably better than this writer. Just because you go to culinary school does not make you a cooking god.
    He sounds like the photographers and videographers out there that are bemoaning the loss of film. Move on.
    I have a better title for his article….Sour Grapes (or how I wish someone liked me.)

  2. doug says:

    Oooooo…… Cheese………

  3. Kathryn says:

    You reminded me of Anthony Bordain on Sunday as you “critiqued” every interesting thing you ate on the Thailand video.
    Maybe you could do a spinoff and combine all your eating and critiquing video segments into a food show?! I’d love that!

  4. steve says:

    Anthony is quite a funny guy. His books are definite must reads for anyone who enjoys humorous, at times edgy, but well written accounts of life (not just food).
    While those that accuse him of being a food snob and too critical of the Racheals and Sandras of the world do have a point to some degree, he raises a valid concern about the food network.
    Yes–the purpose of it is to teach the masses about cooking. Yes, Rachael and the like can be marginally entertaining. Yes, the Food Network is a business and is going to give people more of what they want. If Rachael Ray had low ratings, she would not have three shows, plus her own talk show on another network. On the other hand, if Mario were voted most popular Chef, his show would not have been pushed into “re-run when no one watches mode.”
    The point that Mr. Bourdain is making, and I think to some degree rightfully so, is that the people that were the first “stars” of the Food Network were actual real life chefs who worked in the business and knew how to break down classical technique much the way that Julia Child did in a different era. The Emerils and Marios were not just real guys, but worked their way up and were given the opportunity to take it to the masses.
    I think that many are concerned that the Food Network is losing that professional edge that set it apart from Fine Living and Bravo and all of the other similar networks. Sure–we all enjoy watching a new way to make a fancy dessert out of 70% store bought ingredients, and throwing together a 30 minute meal might come in handy too. I for one though also enjoy being able to watch a show that expands my culinary horizons and teaches me about something that I might never have thought of making before. (Alton Brown comes to mind as does Mario)
    It seems like balance is the key here. (Kind of like it should be for everything else)

  5. Joni says:

    I like Bourdain’s approach to incorporate the culture with the food–not just an interesting dish but an interesting history. I’m not a fan of the large breasted barbie doll “chefs” who look too thin to have actually eaten the food they prepare. I’ll take Ina Garten any day.

  6. Sheila says:

    Great article! He did hit it right in the nose with Sandra Lee, I really don’t care for her. Funny, but I do love my Emeril and Giada1

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