Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Crook's Tour

Anthony Bourdain can be spotted every Tueday from 8.30 to 10pm on the Travel and Living Channel on his two shows, A Cook's Tour and No Reservations.
The reason I've renamed one of the shows is simply because Bourdain is quite the picture of a crook. Most often he has a cigarette hanging from his lips while he roams the world in search of exotic foods and authentic recipes. Altogether, he seems to have fashioned himself as a sort of film-noir, super-urbanized uber-cool-dude (best characterized in his Paris espisode). He actually also comes across as a cynical wise-pants New Yorker, but redeems himself by his rather well-developed ability to laugh at himself.
So last night he was in Iceland. The show had several highlights, like our man being stuck in a blizzard, or his classic statement that should go down as one of the most withering instances of self-assessment ever: "I'm an American TV host, and I'm made of alcohol and cigarette smoke." This revelation came about whilst he was being thrashed at arm-wrestling by some hardy Icelandic types in an Icelandic gym, his reedy frame looking even reedier next to the sheer bulk and mass of his hosts. All in good humor, though.
Then he goes to an Icelandic party where he puts the following into his mouth: chunks of shark meat that have been allowed to rot underground for six months after having been marinated in lye. Then he says," the Worst Meal Ever." This from the man who will eat anything.The ookier, the better: sheep heads on a plate make him go mmmmm. So I can imagine what that shark tasted like.
What makes him watchable is this quintessential adventurer quality, his passion for food and of course, that New York cynicism.
Tony, if you're reading this, you agree, right? Now let's talk about that presenter position you have open for your new show...
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1 comment:

Col said...

Hey D,
You will have to wait for the job I am already in line.

BTW- Whats his address???
;-)

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