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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    just seems like a douche to me
    he has sold out as much as the next guy but always bashing other celeb chefs

    but i like his shows
    I really can't stand this guy. I was on a Delta flight the other day and noticed that the Delta magazine had an article in it about Bourdain so I thought I'd read it and maybe it would change my mind about him. It didn't. He still comes off as an asshole.

    The first show was great though. We'll see how long it lasts.
    what i find funny about him is he worked as a line cook at a "decent" french bistro, nothing spectacular and he is always criticizing and taking shots at others

    it's weird, i read and watch pretty much anything he puts out, but i do think he is a douche
    he was executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.....

    and after all this time to me he is still the most interesting of all the TV chefs to watch

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    just seems like a douche to me
    he has sold out as much as the next guy but always bashing other celeb chefs

    but i like his shows
    I really can't stand this guy. I was on a Delta flight the other day and noticed that the Delta magazine had an article in it about Bourdain so I thought I'd read it and maybe it would change my mind about him. It didn't. He still comes off as an asshole.

    The first show was great though. We'll see how long it lasts.
    what i find funny about him is he worked as a line cook at a "decent" french bistro, nothing spectacular and he is always criticizing and taking shots at others

    it's weird, i read and watch pretty much anything he puts out, but i do think he is a douche
    he was executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.....
    ha!
    have you eaten at Les Halles?
    you say it like he was the executive chef at Le Bernadine

    i have many times, it is 2 blocks from where i worked
    a decent, not spectacular, french bistro
    actually i wouldn't even define it as a french bistro.............more so a steak/frites place

    i am not taking anything away from him for that, i like Les Halles
    i eat at the bar there often because it is one of th eonly restaurants open downtown late night ( more now)
    but just don't see how he can bash others when he wasn't some great chef

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    ^ nah.....simply saying that you were wrong in calling him a line cook when he was actually the executive chef....I have actually eaten at BLH and agree its no great temple of gastronomy however its a decent brasserie and that is what it was/is squarely aimed at

    from wiki......

    "Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, and went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City - including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's culminating in the position of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, beginning in 1998. Brasserie Les Halles is based in Manhattan, with additional locations in Miami and, at the time of Bourdain's tenure, Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan"

    as far as qualifications go he probably is way better qualified than most of the other TV "chef" presenters so i don't understand you criticising him for having no chef "chops....but that's by the bye...its his sense of humour, adventure and insights I enjoy

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    ^ nah.....simply saying that you were wrong in calling him a line cook when he was actually the executive chef....I have actually eaten at BLH and agree its no great temple of gastronomy however its a decent brasserie and that is what it was/is squarely aimed at

    from wiki......

    "Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, and went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City - including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's culminating in the position of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, beginning in 1998. Brasserie Les Halles is based in Manhattan, with additional locations in Miami and, at the time of Bourdain's tenure, Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan"

    as far as qualifications go he probably is way better qualified than most of the other TV "chef" presenters so i don't understand you criticising him for having no chef "chops....but that's by the bye...its his sense of humour, adventure and insights I enjoy
    i just don't think he was some great chef to take the shots that he always does
    and then he is always talking about "selling out" and goes on these cooking shows as a judge

    again, i like all his work
    i make a point to go to places he recommends, i just think he could lose the ego a bit since i don't think he is that much better than the people he bash

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

    Don't know him at all but recently saw a trailer so will tune in.

    How does he compare to say Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Don't know him at all but recently saw a trailer so will tune in.

    How does he compare to say Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?
    Hes a food travel show.. They are cooking shows.

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Don't know him at all but recently saw a trailer so will tune in.

    How does he compare to say Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?
    His shows are tremendous and i actually like
    but still a bit of a douche 555

    but seriously, watch his shows........if you like travelling

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Don't know him at all but recently saw a trailer so will tune in.

    How does he compare to say Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?
    Hes a food travel show.. They are cooking shows.
    Jamie does do similar travelling foodie shows as Bourdain. One of JO's best was "Jamie Does".

    I like Bourdain's lay back style but can understand he's not everyones cup-of-tea. I can't stand Ramsey!

    Thanks for the links.... D/L in progress!
    Cheers, Rob.

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    Jamie does do similar travelling foodie shows as Bourdain. One of JO's best was "Jamie Does".
    I saw the one where he went to Italy in a VW camper, didnt know he had more..

    From what I have seen Jamie does cooking, with instructions and recipes.. Never seen Bourdain cook anything only consume. That was kind of my meaning.

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Jamie does do similar travelling foodie shows as Bourdain. One of JO's best was "Jamie Does".
    I saw the one where he went to Italy in a VW camper, didnt know he had more..

    From what I have seen Jamie does cooking, with instructions and recipes.. Never seen Bourdain cook anything only consume. That was kind of my meaning.
    Yea the Italy show was good. He also toured around America, i think it was called Jamie's American Road Trip, not bad also. But i did not like Food Revolution, he went to USA try to change the school dining.

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Don't know him at all but recently saw a trailer so will tune in.

    How does he compare to say Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?
    Hes a food travel show.. They are cooking shows.
    Jamie does do similar travelling foodie shows as Bourdain. One of JO's best was "Jamie Does".

    I like Bourdain's lay back style but can understand he's not everyones cup-of-tea. I can't stand Ramsey!

    Thanks for the links.... D/L in progress!
    Ramsey in Hells Kitchen is really crap. On MasterChef he is ok, trying to be the nice guy and bad guy is the Joe Bastianich

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

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    Jamie does do similar travelling foodie shows as Bourdain. One of JO's best was "Jamie Does".
    I saw the one where he went to Italy in a VW camper, didnt know he had more..

    From what I have seen Jamie does cooking, with instructions and recipes.. Never seen Bourdain cook anything only consume. That was kind of my meaning.
    Ok, that's certainly true. Jamie Does series (1/1) on kat.ph/jamie-does-s01e01-ws-pdtv-xvid-ftp-t3967870.html starts in Marrakesh.
    Cheers, Rob.

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    Watched Parts Unknown #1 last night ... very much a travelogue compared with AB's old foodie-style. It appeared a somewhat jaundiced view of Myanmar, perhaps filmed quite a while back... interesting though. Particularly the roller-coaster train ride to Bagan.

    K2, have you seen it yet, comments?
    Cheers, Rob.

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    tonights should be good
    KoreaTown in LA
    Dojoden would probably know every place

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    i live in the uk,ramsey was a good chef,wanted to be footballer but failed,he has done well pretending to be hard ass,oliver is a twocney full on self advertising media star. ramsey used to cook awesome food, the twockney just copies every one and makes tv out of it.
    i like zimmern anywho 555

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    I liked the Burma episode, but I much prefer actual cooking shows. Gets a bit tedious for me with too little focus on the food stuff itself, and don't think Bourdain is that interesting as a host actually.

    Get that he's gotten a bit of a rep, but absolutely love Jamie Oliver's shows. Enjoy the rustic, honest cooking and you can sense his passion for it. The two seasons he did in his home garden in Essex (At Home) were just brilliant. The kind of thing I would like to set up one day with freshly grown herbs and vegetables. Have got my chilies going now so it's a start 555. The BBQ episode from season one was just pure food porn, and his pickled chili and pepper sandwich is one of my absolute favorites. Don't think EVERYTHING has to be manically dressed up in olive oil and Parmesan though...

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    So this is Bourdains 3rd Series? I liked the do it all in 36 hrs show. Anyways this one is just his first show with different music and graphics. He already did a Korea Town in one of his last series. I think I'm bored with him now. Such is life.

    A great idea for his season finale would be if he visited a village of cannibal pygmies and they put him in a stewing pot. He would babble on with his usual observations ad nauseum as he comes to a simmer. Comparing pygmies to Iggy Pop and then he slowly sinks. His last broadcast..55

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    I thought some of the Korea Town stuff was OK, but was baffled as he sat with that one guy at a Sizzler restaurant and ate meatball tacos. WTF?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    I thought some of the Korea Town stuff was OK, but was baffled as he sat with that one guy at a Sizzler restaurant and ate meatball tacos. WTF?!?
    but sometimes that is real life and that is what i liked about
    not everything is the trendy high end restaurants or the cool new hip food truck

    sometimes it is just a Sizzler and Jolibee

    and as he said, that was something all the Korean-Americans did growing up where Sizzler then actually becomes part of the Korean-American culture
    and i actually like that

    my wife literally considers KFC as thai food
    and is that such a horrible thing?
    KFC is absolutely part of the Thai culture in a bit
    Last edited by marc26; 23rd April 2013 at 22:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    I thought some of the Korea Town stuff was OK, but was baffled as he sat with that one guy at a Sizzler restaurant and ate meatball tacos. WTF?!?
    Yeah. That was sacrilege.

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