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Not a chef. September 30, 2010

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. I was reading a review of Anthony Bourdain’s latest book, Medium Raw, this afternoon, and it began this way: “Anthony Bourdain is not a chef.”

Well, I beg to differ. The reviewer apparently felt that Mr. Bourdain is no longer entitled to the title of chef because he no longer works in a restaurant kitchen. To me, that would be like saying Beethoven was no longer a composer because he skipped a few years between symphonies, or Gertrude Jekyll was no longer a garden designer because it had been a while since she’d designed a garden, or Johnny Depp was no longer an actor because none of his films were currently in release.

Tony Bourdain was classically trained in the culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America, and worked as a chef for 28 years, eventually becoming executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, a highly regarded restaurant in New York City. (He also wrote their cookbook, as well as the sensational memoir of his life as a chef, Kitchen Confidential.) That he’s now traveling the world seeking culinary adventure for television does not mean he is not a chef. He’s simply no longer in the restaurant business.

Me, I’d say he’s a very, very lucky chef.

                    ‘Til next time,




1. Steph - September 30, 2010

Agreed! I really enjoyed reading his book, Kitchen Confidential.

Thanks, Steph! You’ll have to see how Medium Raw measures up!

2. Jen - October 1, 2010

I heard him interviewed not long ago. He said that it’s not enough to be a good cook. A chef really needs to raise his profile to be successful – which means you have to be articulate and personable. I guess it doesn’t hurt that he can write, too.

Or that he’s so damned good-looking…

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