Last updated on: 6/8/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Anthony Bourdain Biography

Title:
Chef and host of the television show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Position:
Con to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“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. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine…

Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. Sure, it’s a ‘play you pay’ sort of an adventure, but you knew that already, every time you ever ordered a taco or a dirty-water hot dog.”

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Host, Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
  • Consultant and writer, HBO’s Treme
  • Inducted, James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, 2008
  • Former guest judge, Bravo’s Top Chef
  • Recipient, Food Book of the Year Award, British Guild of Food Writers, 2002
  • Named “Food Writer of the Year,” Bon Appétit magazine, 2001
  • Chef-at-large, Brasserie Les Halles (New York’s famed bistro)
  • Former Chef: Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, Sullivan’s, and Brasserie Les Halles
Education:
  • Graduate, Culinary Institute of America, 1978
Other:
  • He died on June 8, 2018
  • Born in New York City on June 25, 1956
  • Known for consuming exotic ethnic dishes including sheep testicles, ant eggs, a raw seal eyeball, and a whole cobra
  • States that the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten is a Chicken McNugget. Warthog rectum and fermented shark are also among the worst things he states he has ever eaten in his life.
  • Represented by InkWell management
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?