Gust blogging at Ruhlman this week, Anthony Bourdain took the opportunity to take on the Food Network. Aside from a handful of comments here and there in the past, this is the first time that the popular bad-boy chef has taken on the network as a whole, giving readers his opinions on the network's popular celebrity chefs and the network as a whole. As you might imagine, it's not all positive as her describes the network as "[crumbling] like undercooked Bundt cake into a goo of Cheez Wiz." Check out the full post for more details, but here's a brief overview:
- Alton - Smart and chock full of good commentary. How did this guy "slip inside the wire--and stay there all these years?"
- Emeril - Nice guy, good cook and pretty much like Escoffier compared to some of the "bobbleheads" on the network now, though AB is not a fan of the show.
- Bobby Flay - "Throwdown" is cruel and a successful guy like Bobby doesn't need that kind of treatment from the network.
- Mario Batali - Completely wasted since Molto Mario was shot down.
- Giada - Totally robbed in her Iron Chef America battle with Rachael Ray. "Send her to Italy and let her cook. She's good at it."
- Rachael - "She's selling us satisfaction, the smug reassurance that mediocrity is quite enough." Depressing.
Find out what he thinks of Sandra Lee after the jump:
- Sandra Lee - "Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained. I would likely be arrested if I suggested on television that any children watching should promptly go to a wooded area with a gun and harm themselves. What's the difference between that and Sandra suggesting we fill our mouths with Ritz Crackers, jam a can of Cheez Wiz in after and press hard? None that I can see. This is simply irresponsible programming. Its only possible use might be as a psychological warfare strategy against the resurgent Taliban--or dangerous insurgent groups. A large-racked blonde repeatedly urging Afghans and angry Iraqis to stuff themseles with fatty, processed American foods might be just the weapon we need to win the war on terror."