Tuesday, 22 October 2013 21:44

"The way you make an omelet reveals your character"

"The way you make an omelet reveals your character" Photo:anthonybourdain.net

...one of the less outrageous quotes by Anthony Bourdain, one of the cooking world’s bad boys. He’s known for his rough language, his wicked sense of humor, his rocky beginnings.  I am almost afraid I discovered him because of his looks. Of all the places in the world - in Kazakhstan - while flipping through the maybe 10 English TV channels I had. And that’s how our love affair began.

Who is Anthony Bourdain?

“Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is well known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and since 2005 he has hosted the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Bourdain is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens.  Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Brasserie Les Halles in New York, where he was executive chef for many years. He is described by Les Halles as their "chef-at-large".”  source: Wikipedia

What’s so cool about Anthony Bourdain?

I especially love him for his show ‘No reservations’ - a highly entertaining series of his travels around the world, out to discover the known and lesser known foods of exotic and not-so-exotic countries. Most episodes are now available on youtube so it does not matter that I have gone from 10 English channels to no TV at all.

Being a passionate traveler myself who will go that extra mile not to see that famous monument but to find that vegetable market the local shop owner had told me about I can totally relate to his way of exploring. I can even relate to his tasting a local cold beer before getting any ‘work’ done.

I have vivid memories of so many of his trips and my friends from Kazakhstan probably have vivid memories of my saying ‘Sorry I can’t come out just now, I’m in Ghana with Anthony, I’m in Spain with Anthony….’ Many of his shows have since inspired me to try out certain foods at Mary's Dinner Club. I even made Korean Kimchi  just because his trip to Korea - and his refusal to sing karaoke - had amused me so much.

I did read his book Kitchen Confidential, but must admit did not really enjoy the overly generous sprinkle of swearing words. The book does however give a good understanding of how he has become the star he is today - not afraid to shock, not afraid to stir controversy.

He is for example not too big a fan of vegetarians and one of his (in)famous quotes is  “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter-faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living."

He certainly knows how to stay in the limelight and the less conventional food/cookery/travel lovers among us will continue to enjoy his ‘naughty ways’ which he does not seem to be about to change.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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