Anthony Bourdain Thesis

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Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956 in New York and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. He attended Vassar College for two years and graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978. Bourdain then moved back to New York, where he worked as a chef in several kitchens such as the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s and later became an executive chef at Brasserie Le Halles, French Bistro steakhouse in 1998. Bourdain’s career as a restaurant chef gave him credibility as a chef, a writer, and a television show star. He has written articles and books that legitimize him as a person you can trust when it comes to food. In 1997, Bourdain wrote a famous article called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” which gave a …show more content…
The book revealed many behind the scene lives of chefs, Bourdian comments that; “We lived with a sort of friendly contempt for everybody else. Everybody in the kitchens had idiosyncrasies, whether they stole everything in sight, drank like crazy, did lots of drugs, gambled all night, were screwing their way through the floor, the customers, everybody in sight (Thorn, 2000).” Anthony compares writing to cooking and realizes that they are both completely different forms of expressing yourself. Cooking allows one to use all five senses: sight, smell, touch, hear, and taste, while writing only utilizes one – sight. Bourdain’s book “Kitchen Confidential”, “swaggers where the rest of us fear to tread.” That reason may have been why the book was so popular. Although Bourdain does not completely discredit writing, he says that, “Writing, while less likely to draw blood, requires pacing and discipline in the end, just as the kitchen does (Stabiner, …show more content…
His main reason for staying so thin is that he tries to avoid fast food and does Jiu Jitsu from time to time. Bourdain would rather be asked embarrassing, difficult, or even awkward questions. But he rebuffs questions about him eat exotic foods by saying, “I don’t miss them. I’ve eaten it all, been there, done that. [Andrew] Zimmerman does that now (Stoneback, 2011).” He does, however, eat some exotic dishes when he goes to travel on his own time. Bourdain has disdain for people who write about food badly or dishonestly. He also does not like people who love food, but hate the people who prepare the food. He also believes entitled writers should not be taken seriously. This is why so many people like his book: “Kitchen Confidential”. That book dishes out some kitchen and restaurant secrets. For example, how Sunday breakfast buffets dispose of leftovers and why it’s not a good idea to order fish on Mondays. This is what makes Bourdain so different from other food television stars. Many television stars will “hype” up a cuisine or restaurant and not honestly give their review of it. Bourdain also dishes out kitchen and restaurant secrets to the public and that gives him credibility as an honest foodie or television food

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