Two-for Tony Bourdain

October 27, 2008 at 8:23 am

Originally posted at Edible TV on October 22, 2008.

tony-bourdain.jpgLast Monday night, the Travel Channel kicked off the new season of No Reservations with two hours of Anthony Bourdain.

First was a great show reminiscent of MOJO’s After Hours with Daniel in which Tony was joined at WD-50 by celebrated writer Bill Buford, “Nightlife Queen of New York” Amy Sacco, food writer/TV personality Ted Allen, and magazine editor and former gossip columnist Chris Wilson. The twist on this show was that it was part talk show and part privileged New Yorkers enjoying an extraordinary meal from the genius mind of Wylie Dufresne.

On topic for the evening was whether or not the “celebrity chef” trend was good or bad for America, in which Tony begrudgingly admitted that life post-Rachael Ray is better than life pre-Rachael Ray. Another of Tony’s topics was a poll to determine if, in light of current economic conditions, he should feel ashamed for dropping nearly $1900 on dinner for two at a Manhattan sushi bar. The consensus was, “No.” Repeatedly on the show and in his blog, Tony has stated that this is not a new series but a one time thing. Well, it should be and if Tony doesn’t want to host it, I sure will.

Meanwhile, on a special No Reservations, Tony returned to his old restaurant, Les Halles. The episode was the finale of last season and had the chef-turned food writer-turned-TV host cooking two busy shifts in the kitchen he used to rule. It was an amazing look at what actually goes on during the course of a day at a busy NYC restaurant and ended with Tony proclaiming that being a line cook is a young man’s job.

Photo from Wikipedia.


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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."



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