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Anthony Bourdain calls Paula Deen ‘the worst, most dangerous person to America’

Anthony Bourdain is happy to smack down celebrity food personalities. CREDIT: AP

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Anthony Bourdain has never been shy about his opinions. Just read his book “Kitchen Confidential” or listen to him on his Travel Channel show “No Reservations.”

In the current print edition of TV Guide magazine, he also sounds off on various celebrity chefs, including Savannah’s own Paula Deen, whose buttery blood might boil if she read this:

“The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f–king bad for you [...] plus, her food sucks.”

On Guy Fieri: “I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, ‘Jesus, I’m glad that’s not me.’”
On Rachael Ray: “Does she even cook anymore? I don’t know why she bothers. To her credit, she never said she was good at it.”
On Sandra Lee: “There was an incident with Sandra Lee where I ran into her [after criticizing her publicly]. It was deeply terrible. Don’t mess with her. I rarely feel uncomfortable, but she has a powerful force. I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

369 comments Add your comment

DamntheButcher

August 17th, 2011
2:57 pm

This idiot is crazy. Maybe that is why Paula has a long waiting line to get in to her place because her food is so bad. This guy is pathetia. And FIRST by the way

DamntheButcher

August 17th, 2011
2:57 pm

BFS

August 17th, 2011
3:01 pm

Bourdain is a pretentious jerk who, by the way, does not cook either. His show is only watchable because of the disgusting crap he eats and the crazy people he encounters. What a hack.

If I could eat at Deen’s kitchen table very day, I would die a very happy man and maybe a little sooner than normal.

MediaDavid

August 17th, 2011
3:04 pm

Spot on. Paula Dean’s food never looks good to me, although I know many like her over caloried muck
everyone knows Rachel Ray is not a cook, just a personality.
Guy Fieri…i do like his low rent diners show…it is what it is. no more or less
Sarah Lee, I’d give her a wide berth too.

swanzae

August 17th, 2011
3:06 pm

I agree 100%. Some of the things he has eaten obviously have tainted his taste buds. Gourmet doesn’t mean you have to eat bugs, rats etc…. That’s just nasty!!

swanzae

August 17th, 2011
3:07 pm

BTW; I was agreeing with DamntheButcher and BFS.

Coastal Cavalie

August 17th, 2011
3:09 pm

He’s looking for an out off his TV show. He got mad at Food Network several years back when he did a show on it. He left and Went to travel Channel and now Food Network owns a majority of Travel Channel. He may well end up on Bravo or some other low rent outlet before you know it.

Kennesaw Dave

August 17th, 2011
3:15 pm

What a d-bag. Talk about extremes. I’ll agree Paula’s food is a bit high on the calorie count but that’s her specialty for God’s sake. She’s a southern cooking chef.

Paula Deen

August 17th, 2011
3:16 pm

It’s all good y’all!!!!! Bourdain can kiss my grits!!!!!

Jack

August 17th, 2011
3:26 pm

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Tom C

August 17th, 2011
3:37 pm

My brother the cardiologist sends Paula Deen a Thank You card every year when he finishes doing his income taxes.

jarvis

August 17th, 2011
4:16 pm

He’s a miserable f’er for sure, but he’s pretty funny.

Former Savannahian

August 17th, 2011
4:21 pm

To be honest, no true Savannahians respect Paula Deen. Shes a ditz. Want some true Savannah flavor? Head on down to Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. That Paula Deen stuff is garbage.

Lynn

August 17th, 2011
4:45 pm

Bourdain is too enamored with the sound of his own, grating voice. I’m over the whole “chef-as-bad-boy/rock star/diva” bit. I’ll eat what I want, when I want, where I want. Bourdain can bite me.

Free State of Chatham

August 17th, 2011
4:47 pm

Could not agree more Former Savannahian!

Mr. Ed

August 17th, 2011
4:47 pm

Besides himself, exactly who does he like in the kitchen?

Josh

August 17th, 2011
4:48 pm

I second what the Former Savannahian says (also being one myself). Go to Mrs. Wilkes for true southern food served in real bowls & platters at a table; not walking through a buffet.

Clancey

August 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

@ Former Savannahian

couldn’t agree more! Way overrated!

Paula Deen is No Chef!!!!

August 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

Paula Deen is No CHEF by any stretch of the imagination…..she is at best at hack – a heavy overweight butter eating HACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lasso

August 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

I actually agree with his assessments of all of these food personalities. But he forgot to mention that he, himself, is a but a miserable human being with very little to offer his viewers save for a great itinerary. I actually enjoy No Reservations but the least of the reasons why is Bourdain. He’s the biggest kiss-ass of them all. Pretentious as hell and devoid of any gift of relaying insight into why the food at the wonderful places he visits is so remarkable.

GA Peach

August 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

Bourdain’s just jealous of Paula. Now I know why I never watch his show.

Kevin

August 17th, 2011
4:51 pm

I’m sure glad that Former Savannahian speaks for everyone from the fine city of Savannah.

It sounds like you would be in a neck-and-neck competition with Mr. Bourdain for “Douche Bag of the Year” award.

Good luck. Hope you win.

Slickwilly

August 17th, 2011
4:53 pm

Bourdain isn’t a cook, he is a critic. and he is right. Deen’s food is pretty bad for you. Some of it is good but most just taste like fried butter. He’s pretty spot on with the rest of his opinions as well. Cooks have needed some rivals, now they have it!

Tech '10

August 17th, 2011
4:53 pm

@Former Savannahian: I would agree 100%, Mrs. Wilkes is hands down better and much less commercialized. Just bring cash, y’all, they don’t take credit. At least not when I went.

mt

August 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

Paula’s food is AWFUL. But Anthony Bourdain is an asshat.

ABB

August 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

As a CURRENT Savannahian, I agree with Former Savannahian.

ABB

August 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

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Tech '10

August 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

My old roommate used to work at the Mercury Lounge and he hated that place, with all the lard’os waiting outside blocking peoples’ access to the bar.

Chris

August 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

Well said, Kevin.

People shouldn’t try to speak for others

Real Foodie

August 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

DamtheButcher – you’ve obviously never been to Paula Deen’s restaurant. I am not saying that Bourdain is the authority – but Paula Deen is such a put-on. I honestly don’t want people to think that she in any way represents a true Southern lady ( or Southern cooking chef Kennesaw). We don’t say YYAAAWWWWWLLLL like that. She is such a prima donna, her staff can’t even speak to her in the restaurant. Poor tourists who visit her restaurant, if they don’t eat at Mrs. Wilkes, they’ll leave the city without ever having good southern cooking. If only she were the least bit sincere….

GA Peach you might learn something

August 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

You have never watched his how, try it, you might like it, hes ten times funnier then Paula Deen would ever be, plus at the same time, he doesn’t candy coat everything he eats, if he doesn’t like it, he says it. Wow someone being truthful in the world, what a novel f–king concept. And all Paula deens food is slather some more butter on it. lol

AN

August 17th, 2011
4:57 pm

Who cares if those in Savannah don’t like Paula Deen? Y’all should be kissing her feet for the sheer amount of tourism she has brought to the area. They are even tours dedicated to her (and a lot of the time, they are full!).

mrb

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Thanks, Jack!

As for Bourdain, P. Deen the most dangerous person to America? Talk about hyperbole! But that’s the way of the world these days with too many in the media. Pretty pathetic state of affairs, really.

WTF?

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

paula deen is a fat disgusting wanna be with her fake deep south accent that makes all southerners look like fools because of the liberal run food network. that channel doesn’t have a clue about reality

timbo

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Yo Jack…that is cool!

john doe

August 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

i agree with anthony 100 percent. i get sick of paula and her southern drawl and southern white trash cuisine. if i were from savannah i would be ashamed (and atlanta for that matter) …anthony you rock. tell ‘em how it’s done in new york dude!!!!

GTRay

August 17th, 2011
4:59 pm

While Mr. Bourdain may have been a bit over the top, anyone who watches his show knows he’s not one to hold back. I will, however, agree with him regarding her food (at least what I experienced when I ate at Lady and Sons — overpriced and mediocre (targeting the tourists, perhaps?). I love good food and was thoroughly disappointed. Whenever anyone asks me about eating in Savannah I urge them to avoid it, but allow that I guess everyone should perhaps eat there once and decide for themselves. In my opinion, the food at Ms. Wilkes’ is a much better value.

Duncan

August 17th, 2011
5:00 pm

Got news for you, Foodie. Plenty of true southern ladies say “yawl” just like Paula. No, not all of them. But more than a few. You may or may not be right about her food. But her television persona is not misrepresentative of anyone.

Steve

August 17th, 2011
5:00 pm

This guy is a douche bag and must be back on the heavy drugs. He’s the lucky one to be alive with the amount of drugs that he has taken. Hey DUDE, you got some crack that I could smoke?

Bubbles

August 17th, 2011
5:01 pm

He is a total jerk and obviously less interesting than the people he insults. LOVE PAULA DEAN!!! HER FOOD IS AWESOME!!! Anyone who travels around eating CRAP and BUGS has issues anyway and watching his dumb show is like watching paint dry. I’d be in a bad mood and critical too if my job was eating garbage. His taste buds are ruined anyway. Like he knows what is good and what is not. LOL!!!! Get a life.

Martha Lanteigne

August 17th, 2011
5:01 pm

Evidently this man was not born and bred in the south…he has not taste whatsoever…sounds to me like he is a very unhappy person..get a life.

Been to Savannah

August 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

Having eaten at both Brasserie Les Halles (Bourdain’s restaurant) and Lady & Sons (Deen’s restaurant), I can say that I’d much rather be sitting down to a meal cooked by Anthony Bourdain.

Slickwilly erroneously pointed out that Bourdain isn’t a cook. Technically he’s right, Bourdain is instead a professionally trained chef, and a really good one to boot. Paula, I assume, learned to cook by trying to see how many things she could inject butter into.

He makes a good point, and one I don’t think we should overlook. Deen’s food is insanely unhealthy, containing dangerously high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar. Moreover, she even markets some of these heart-attack inducing recipes to children. With the high obesity rates in this country, especially in the South, you kind of wish that a celebrity chef and the person most associated with “Southern cuisine” would try and advocate for preparing dishes that won’t kill you. Instead she parades around like butter is some kind of nectar from heaven. Don’t get me wrong, I love butter, but there’s no need to wrap bacon around it, deep fry it, slather it in mayo, and then deep fry it again.

Also, anyone who has actually had Southern cuisine can quickly tell that what Deen serves up is a poor imitation and not very good tasting to boot. I can easily name 100 chefs that do a better job of representing Southern cuisine than she does. Heck, you don’t even have to leave town, go visit Hugh Acheson’s joint Empire State South. That’s what real Southern food from a real chef should taste like.

Bourdain was right, Deen’s food is crap and she’s trying to kill us with it.

blackbird13

August 17th, 2011
5:04 pm

Paula Deen’s place is, like the Varsity, one of the most overrated tourist traps in Georgia. It may have been good when it started, but now it’s little better than a Cracker Barrel. The people who stand in line for it are the same people who think cruise ship food is good. Understandable, since many of them come from places where Red Lobster is the ultimate in fine dining.

Steve

August 17th, 2011
5:04 pm

Sounds like we have a bunch of backwoods sister sleeping, mama marrying jealous Savannah folks right here on the AJC. You just wish that you have PD’s money. LMAO……

I Know Funny

August 17th, 2011
5:05 pm

I know funny and neither Anthony nor Paula or funny. I know food and never had
either one of these peoples food and wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

Jim Cannady

August 17th, 2011
5:05 pm

Paula Dean? Yeah, she’s the lovely lady that allows her dogs to pee and poop inside the house and she has an assistant that walks around and cleans up the mess. Everything about her is disgusting. Tony is absolutely right.

Brett

August 17th, 2011
5:06 pm

Some of you people must be confusing anthony with andrew zimmern, who enjoys eating exotic and crazy things. while i have nothing against paula, anthony has every right to give his opinion whenever hewants. I think the guy is hilarious. Obviously the majority of you guys have never worked in a kitchen, let alone a restaurant, so his humor or food jokes might not interest you. He is playing the role of a pissed off, ego-maniac chef who loves drinking and eating, which in most cases, is true with all chefs in the biz. Not to mention bourdain is a fantastic writer….have you watched the food network lately? dumb reality shows are taking over…i dont care who the next food network chef will be..because honestly they will get a show for about 2 weeks then get canned. PS alton brown lives near me in marietta and HE is an absolute prick, everytime i have run into him. just sayin..

tulla

August 17th, 2011
5:06 pm

paula deen is laughing at yall all the way to the bank!!!!!

Southern by the grace of God

August 17th, 2011
5:06 pm

Typical NY’er. I’d much rather live in a world of Paula Deens than I would Anthony Bourdains. Those who can, cook. Those who can’t, run their mouths about it. Paula’s forgotten more about cooking than Bourdain will ever know.

K

August 17th, 2011
5:07 pm

AMEN, Anthony Bordain! I am from South Georgia, and Paula Deen makes us all look like a bunch of overweight idiots who eat crisco straight from the jar and think refrigerated pillsbury dough can be turned into a sophisticated culinary concoction. I applaud Ms. Deen’s business savvy, however, and I say more power to her….but if you think her cooking is anything more than an overcooked slab of heart attack on a plate, then you are sorely mistaken. Anthony Bordain is a very accomplished chef and writer and I think he’s fantastic. He is wrong, however. The most dangerous person to America, is the person and/or people who actually think Deen’s food is fit to eat….She is only profitting off of their stupidity….and I can’t blame her for that!