Anthony Michael "Tony" 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 is the host of Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover.
In 1997, the New Yorker published Bourdain's now famous article "Don’t Eat Before Reading This," a scathingly honest look at the inner workings of restaurants, specifically their kitchens. With his credibility as a renowned chef, the article carried much weight and led to other writing projects. In 2000, his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a vast expansion of the New Yorker article, came out to great popularity.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will begin hosting a new show next year on — of all places — the news network CNN.
The weekend show on food and travel represents a departure for CNN in both content and procedure. CNN usually does its programming in-house, but in this case an outside production company tied to Bourdain will make the series.
And Bourdain, in an interview with TV Guide published last week, branded her an outright menace to America, scolding her for “telling an already obese nation that it’s O.K. to eat food that is killing us.”
"There's a lot to admire about Paula Deen and her life," the Travel Channel host conceded. Still, having her brand represent "excess without guilt"--though she knew full well "in a very personal way what this could and might very well lead to"--was in "excruciatingly bad taste," Bourdain said.
“Tony is appointment viewing and sticky in a way that we need to be,” Whitaker tells Carr. “We are big fans of what he does and what he stands for, which is global and smart, but he goes beyond politics and war coverage. We need to be broader than that and we are looking hard to make that happen. Tony was the first person that came to mind.”
It's not work. At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It's a gift. A few months ago, I was sitting cross-legged in the mountains of Vietnam with a bunch of Thai tribesman as a guest of honor drinking rice whiskey.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is a 5-time Emmy nominated series and in 2009 it won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.
I’m not spilling my guts about everything I’ve seen, learned and done in my long and checkered career as dishwasher, prep drone, fry cook, grillardin, saucier, sous-chef and chef because I’m angry at the business, or because I want to horrify the dining public.
Bourdain is not your typical celebrity chef. He is the Chef-at-large at New York's famed bistro, Les Halles, and is also an accomplished author, having written three crime novels, a cookbook, and several bestsellers. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, is Bourdain’s candid, hysterical and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into over 28 languages
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City. He attended The Englewood School for Boys in New Jersey, Vassar College (for two years) and is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He began his career in the food industry over twenty years ago as a dishwasher, gradually working his way up through preparation, to line cook, to sous chef, and chef. He is the executive chef of Manhattan's Brasserie Les Halles, which means, in his words, that he gets to "swan around the kitchen, taking credit for others' work." Bourdain lives in New York City with his wife Ottavia and daughter Ariane.