Posts tagged ‘celebrity’

Anthony Bourdain

Reasons why Anthony Bourdain is considered a celebrity chef.

1. He is incredible opinionated and does not shy away from vocalizing these thoughts.  ex:   “I came to find out, is the certain knowledge that none of this heavy armor–not the Kevlar vest, not the ceramic plates—and not the helmut–will protect you in the slightest from an AK-47 round. Nor will a cinderblock wall. A bullet from an AK, the most widely used weapon on the planet, will cut through all of it like cheddar. ”

2. He is a great story teller that can intrigue and stun an audience.  ex: “I can well remember Jose standing up at the end of the film and announcing to the audience his approval. It was a very proud moment for me. In those days, when Jose’s mouth moved, it often seemed that Spain was speaking.”

3. He is a celebrity chef because he does not just cook food.  Anthony Bourdain takes food to a deeper level, connecting it with social and political issues.  ex: “Say what you want about Castro–(we CAN, after all, Cubans not so much)–he managed, through design or neglect, to keep Havana beautiful… I’d hate to see fast food signs, the boutique hotels, bottle service, frat bars and canary yellow Lamborginis of the douche side of Miami. When everybody’s wired and connected and chatting freely, watching 500 channels of cable and voting their minds, I hope the mojitos don’t start coming in sno-cone form, the old neighborhoods dug up for golf courses or water parks.”


Chef David Chang

In this interview with David Chang, he discusses the fact that maybe if people knew where their food was coming from that they would begin to eat healthier.  Chef Chang truly believes in this statement, and that is why in all three of his New York restaurants there is no wait staff.   Instead the meals are prepared right in front of customers and they get a show describing how their food is made and the ingredients that go into them. Chang takes pride in his food and the ingredients he uses.  His sucess has risen from his unique mixture of fine dining that he learned at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and “Japanese Street food” that he experienced while living there in 2003.

Today, his empire includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssam Bar, and  Momofuku Ko.  To add to his prestige David Chang has also been named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2006 and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year for 2007.  He has also been a guest in several shows on the food network and the travel network, for example  Anthony Bordaine’s No Reservations.  

“David Chang is a terrific cook, a pork-loving, pickle-happy individualist whose integration of Asian flavors and his own unbound sense of what’s delectable makes for some deliriously enjoyable meals. ” (The New York Times)