Cheflebrity Death Match – Anthony Bourdain vs. Paula Deen
So it appears that Tony Bourdain and Paula Deen are in a pissing contest. Well, this should be fun. FOOD FIGHT!!!!!!!!
Anthony fired the first shot in an interview with TV Guide saying that, “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—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”
Tony, via Twitter, later said he was slightly misquoted, “My comment was actually‘worst, most dangerous to America cook on FN [Food Network].” Oh, yeah. That’s much better.
It was part of an article where TV Guide had asked Bourdain his take on a number of Food Network faves. He also voiced his distaste for Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee and of course his favorite whipping girl Rachael Ray. As far as Tony’s thoughts on Paula’s cooking I have to say that I’m a Southern chef who grew up one state over from Deen. I’ve never cooked like her and I’ve never known anyone who cooked like her. Most people in the South can’t afford that much butter.
Deen has not been quiet on the subject nor particularly honest saying, “Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life.” Just today she retorted in an interview with The New York Post. “You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s. But it’s another thing to attack our character.” Oh no she didn’t go there did she? Paula Deen has been sued more times than Obamacare. Check that out HERE.
She continued saying, “I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”
Deen zinged that Bourdain’s only contribution to society is “being irritable.” I think the folks at Doctors Without Borders would disagree with her. Bourdain has been one of their most vocal supporters.
Deen was kind of right. Smithfield donated roughly 150,000 pounds of protein to food banks across the country. Deen and her boys joined Smithfield in ten cities to help hand out some of the delivery. If you go by Paula’s “10 million” number then that means each person got about 3 ounces of meat. Merry Christmas.
Perhaps when she said 10 million what she meant was the dollar amount she’s been sued for, repeatedly. And for Tony’s part, his harsh words about Paula were nothing compared to his feelings on Sandra Lee, “Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She must be stopped.”
Now, discuss it amongst yourselves. That’s what the comments section is for after all.