Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdan's blog is on hiatus this week.

on Feb 9, 20110

Editor's Note: Tony is out of the country this week, but leave him some reading material in the Comments section below!

34 comments
Fran21
Fran21

Let me get this right! Angelo was eliminated but Carla with her "soup" and Tiffany with her "mess" get to go on. A little bit of prejudice?

Chef Valerina
Chef Valerina

What???!!! This is just wrong on so many levels!!! You must have a laptop with you where ever you go. So you should be held accountable for your weekly blog unless you are on vacay!!! Your fans need you.

So I agree with some others. Richard Blais is sounding like a gigantic donkey's ass this last couple episodes. I mean, he's really turning me off. Just shut up and cook to win numb nuts than you can talk about how wonderful and great you think you are.

Angelo...so disappointing. Loses it when the going gets tough!

Carla rocks...hope she takes the whole thing. That girl can cook! And she's funny! And she is just a genuinely nice person.

I think the final three will be Carla, Dale and Richard.

Miss Fabio already...hope to see more of him!

Hurry back Anthony...your fans need you!

Elmo Fan#1
Elmo Fan#1

AB has grown on me, like a wart. Used to be, I didn't like him at all. Couldn't stand him. Now, I think he's funny, even though I still think he's a pompous ass. He has his moments, & some of them are good ones. I even watch NR now & then. I guess I'm getting soft in my old age..... Loved the Muppets on TC. It's about time TC lightened up. I agree with AB, that TC''s wearing the cheftestants out, & grinding them down to nothing. This is clearly an endurance test. Who will last longest? Only God knows.

ALP
ALP

Were you in Italy eating mussels with fennel?? ;-)

Jules in Atlanta
Jules in Atlanta

Tony,

Thought you might like to know that Kitchen Confidential is one of the books provided to my daughter by Le Cordon Bleu. She's in the patisserie and baking program, and while I've always felt she'd be a success, I love reading your take on pastry chefs. She's very artistic, anal about details, and a perfectionist. She's also tough, foul-mouthed, and has to my chagrin started her tattoo collection.

I know you didn't write the book for someone like me, a basic home cook, but I enjoyed it immensely, and now have a better understanding of the professional world my girl is training to enter.

OliveAnne
OliveAnne

Fabio will be missed. His take on what is about to happen are always spot on. I will never forget when he said to Jamie "this is not Top Scallop- it is Top Chef". Fabio had what it takes to be a Top Chef, his front of the house behavior is what makes people return to a resturant. Fabio treated the wait staff with respect, showing them how he wanted things done. I would like to see more challenges that test the chefs on being a Top Chef not just a good cook. The TC should be planning the menu, selecting the food, overseeing food preparation - correcting as needed. The TC is often the Expeditor - taking orders from the dining room to the kitchen, adding finishing touches to the dishes. I would like to see competiton with TC working with Sous, Pastry, Saucier, Poissonier Chefs - throw in a Butcher and a Roundsman - swing cook who fills in as needed. Top Chefs must be able to bring out the best in his/her staff. A good Top Chef hires and retains the best out there. Good food is only part of a dining experience. The total environment is so important. Atmoshpere - is it friendly, comfortable and attractive? Atmosphere will be remembered long after the meal. Returants are about making money - what keeps your diners coming back and bringing friends? Word of mouth can make or break a resturant. How are the waiters dressed? Tables set - candle light, clean linens, neatly set table, fresh flowers. Smell - The smell of fresh baked bread, fresh coffee.. I love the smell of onions that have been carmelized. Sounds - most people go out to dinner to relax. Serving staff and kitchen staff should be aware of this. I would like to see the creative powers that be come up with challenges that test the chefs on running a resturant. I think that RW should be a culminating challenge. TC is so much more than having the best tasting dish of the challenge. I would like the direction of the show to head away from Top Cook and move to Top Chef. I have been a public school administrator for 15 years. We had to attend a three day "Pricipal's Academy" - From early in the AM until late at night - we had challenges thrown at us that had actually happened to the members who were judging us. We were ranked in seven areas - with suggestions on how you could improve. This was very hard. I was so proud when I completed it and had an overall passing score. You could not interview for an administrative position unless you had a passing score from the academy. It was real life. I would like to see more of that with TC. They moan and groan when it is a team challenge - are they going to run their resturant alone? OliveAnne FloridaFan

carol927
carol927

Bourdain out of the country??? My god, I hope not - I have tickets to see him tomorrow night right here in the good ole' USA!!! Love him!!

VirginiaJoy
VirginiaJoy

Missed you this week Tony! It's just not the same without you. I am also a fan that reads your blogs first (albeit on on Thursday mornings...but I read it first before all of the others). Can't wait until you are back this week!

JaredK
JaredK

Mr. Bourdain,

After your recent 100th episode of NR, I found out I'll get to travel to Paris for work in March. First thing I did... made reservations for my wife and I to eat at Frenchie. Can't freaking wait.

Anyone have a recommendation for restaurants in Brussels?

casadega
casadega

Wait, we're supposed to leave you reading material? Au contraire, you are here to entertain us! Where am I supposed to get my weekly dose of snark? I suppose working at a college I can count on some embittered religion professors...but they're more broken down about their snarkiness. I need the sort of zingers that enhance my joy of life and make me wish I could cook...or, ya know...at least successfully boil water. I suppose this is just a clever ploy to get us ot go out and get one of your books...now I'm strongly considering it. Have a nice trip Tony, but I expect to see something EPIC here next week.

Paula Ray
Paula Ray

except Antonio didn't cook the beef tongue .. Angelo did and he was a fool to help her. She gave him no credit either which shows her lack of character. She should have gone down last week with the pathetic mussels.

J. Kung Fulie
J. Kung Fulie

I'm so sick of Richard Blais and him telling me how great he is. Yes he's a talented chef, but so is everyone else that is on this season of All-stars (hence why they were invited back). Ever since his season ended his ego has become so blown up and it makes me hate him despite knowing he is truly talented. I hated how he introduced himself on Top Chef Masters as "the guy that should've won Season 4" even though he pointed out that he botched the finale. He is so terrible to watch and I want him to be knocked down a few pegs or see him actually live up to his own self-professed greatness.

mrholdem
mrholdem

If you miss reading Mr Bourdain's blog, try Fabio's Twitter account. I kid you not boys and girls, it's filthy and mean, as well as kind of shocking. It's obvious after reading the first 50 0r so Tweets that Fabio in English means no class.

Denise Hall
Denise Hall

NR rocks!!

Tony,

My husband and I have been watching your show since it's beginning. The food is not the reason - your wit,style,out thereness, and love and respect of diversity as you travel and share food is why. We especially loved all your visits to Asian countries and of course, the delicious Iceland!! Never do I want any of that fermented shark!! Thanks for so many wonderful shows and enjoy your family!

Denise in NC

Etain
Etain

Fact: There are airports in NJ and one of the big smelly ones is international.

Topchefer
Topchefer

Richard Blais has been repeatedly disappointing on this show, imo.

He knows he needs to reign it in, but donesn't seem to know how to do it.

Also, I am tired of hearing that he should have won his season. If he should have, he would have. There should be no problem that Stephanie won, she was consistently at the top during the show and did well in the finale. That's how you win.

MInus Manhattan
MInus Manhattan

Interesting considering Bourdain spoke in Jersey Thursday night.

Beau Saunders
Beau Saunders

This weeks Top Chef saw the passing of a great, the absence of a hero, and a win for a well deserving Chef. We also saw a quick fire found during a key-party flashback, learned Jimmy Fallen's favorite 2am munchies, and left to wonder how so many great Chef's failed to remember the Cardinal rule of cooking: taste your food. After watching this weeks episode, I felt like one of the contestants playing Cell Phone Shootout. But instead of Jimmy's fav's flashing before my eyes, street food, exotic locales and notorious sarcasm fired like a strobe into the void left by a certain culinary juggernaut. I was almost certain that the execs on Bravo would have commandeered a satellite to make sure Tony would be able to comment on this weeks challenges, even if it didnt't fit into some synergized cross network promotion. Alas, we are left alone to speculate (and snicker) on the winners and losers from this week. We miss you Tony.

It was no surprise that Carla took home this weeks challenge. SHe prepared a well executed and tasty rendition of chicken-pot-pie.

nycfoodie
nycfoodie

Hey Tony, first off, No Reservations rock! If you may, please convince your good pal, Mr Ripert, to bring back his croque monsieur to Le Bernardin. Breakfast, lunch, brunch, c'mon - even midnight supper, my friends and I will be there!

Kate B.
Kate B.

Master Wordsmith Bourdain,

I am a fan of yours here in San Diego, CA and looking forward to many more episodes of NR as I am pretty sure I have now seen them all. I have savored all of your published books as well and would definitely love to read more non-fiction stuff if you have some "bits" still in your crawl.

As voracious with your books as I am with my appetite for great food, your blogs are keeping me happily sated until your next great work!

XKate B.

LF
LF

Tony... everyone was surprised at Antonia's ability to prepare beef tongue in such a short time. No one seemed to notice that Angelo was able to make pulled pork in the same amount of time! Help me out here--there's no fast track to barbecue is there?

LisainJax
LisainJax

Hi Tony - There are so many reasons to miss your blog this week! Your smart and acerbic wit would have a field day with this episode. It would probably start with fondue, really, FONDUE?? Should we start having fondue parties again? Dale won with pho, not fondue. I’m sure you’ve actually tasted pho and could tell us the difference. The chefs then came into 30 Rock like deers caught in headlights to be exposed unaware on national TV in jeans and questionable t-shirts. Then instead of drawing knives, they were given a blur of dishes and cell phones to “shoot” with. I guess if they had real weapons, the producers might be in jeopardy. The blatant product placement is really getting annoying. First we have Richard pimping Toyota and now Antonia is fixing Buitoni, with Isabella in the background crying, “I love Buitoni!” Isn’t the show making enough money without it? How much is a well stocked pantry anyway? The most entertainment in the episode was either with Fabio or at his expense, and now he and his “booger” are gone. I hate to say it to you, but best cheese sauce I’ve ever tasted in any country has a foundation that is found in any American grocery store, unrefrigerated in a solid, gelatinous block. It can also be obtained if you are on public assistance. It never separates or curdles. Notice that I didn’t call it cheese. But that may not have saved a burger filled with bread crumbs. It was so sad that he had to literally kiss his bromances good-bye as he left Richard and patted Isabella’s face for the last time. He will be greatly missed. Now there are seven chefs left, but only four episodes. I smell double eliminations which I hate. In other industries it’s called laziness. They’ve already had a double elimination this season. If the producers have more chefs than episodes, they should write more episodes. If the chefs couldn’t commit to a shooting timeframe, they should have chosen less chefs. Come back Tony! I personally look forward to your blogs more than I do the show.

Thanks!
Thanks!

Beruit! I loved watching your Beruit episodes. I learned a lot.

Ms.Ali
Ms.Ali

Loves me some Bourdain and Blais is a 2nd runner up! Why does Blais choke everytime he's so close? I feel so bad for him. Fabio, sorry to see him blow it on a "boooooooooooogher", but hey, if you can't say it, you probably can't cook it!

Ms. Ali

AngeeLee
AngeeLee

i deeply regret that you were not on this week's episode. Bourdain and fallon at the same table? please. no one would have been able to eat. they would have been laughing too hard... i'm sure YOU regret not being around to say farewell to your paisan, fabio. i don't think he ever forgave you for those comments about his 'inside out animal' in episode 1. Perhaps your sympathetic presence at his denoument would have brought about a reconciliation. i think we all missed a tearful, regretful, good-bye. *sniff*

CHEEKI
CHEEKI

RICHARD BLAIS DESERVED TO WIN HIS SEASON IN MY OPINION. HE HADAN OFF DAY IN THE FINALE, BUT AT SOME POINT ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS HAVE AN OFF DAY AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. I'M HOPING THIS TIME AROUND ON SEASON 8 HE WILL GET WHAT IS DUE TO HIM-- THE WIN!!!! LOVE HIM!

Shahla G.
Shahla G.

Sad! Was especially hoping to read Bourdain's take on that unintentionally hilarious Buitoni spot in the middle of the program.

David Fabi
David Fabi

My wife loved your book!!!(Kitchen Confidenial) we would be at our and your home away from St.Martin and she would stop me from reading to tell me one of you quick one liners! VERY cool stuff! Now talking about St.Martin, we have the same great friends! Andy and Sheryl from formerly "Baywatch"!!! you have to come down when we're there! his "Phllie cheese steak omellte" is the bast thing you've ever had in your LIFE! You and I cross paths with a radio DJ from Ocean city MD "The rude awaking show" with Bulldog!I'm not sure if you remember last year he had us on at the same time talking about the great food in St.Martin (where I met him) . We love you show "NR" and hope one day to be in St.Martin hanging out with you and Sheryl and Andy!! I know you love his Margrita shrimp! you look good these days! being a parent works well for you! God bless David and louise Fabi Yonkers NY

LizzyInez74
LizzyInez74

REALLY?? BEAT UP?? Isnt that a hair harsh? Blais is an excellent chef. AND he has a sarcastic sense of humor..which you dont get. I have to assume you dont get Tony Bourdain's either.

Ric Cockerham
Ric Cockerham

CHEF BOURDAIN ROCKS!!!! Sorry to hear that your blog is taking a rest this week, I always read your blog first!!! I love the slightly twisted, obviously jaded, but always honest reviews. Simply put, you make it not only educational, but funny. Thanks Chef!!

Carla H
Carla H

Darn! My first stop after the show is this site JUST to read Tony's blog. Where you at in the world and Why couldn't you watch the show and comment as usual when your not there. Miss you!

Tiffany Hammer
Tiffany Hammer

Anthony!

I miss hearing your thoughts. After each new episode of Top Chef, I can't wait to get on the computer and read what your thoughts were of the challenge. (I am aware of how internet geeky that is, but what can I say? I love your witticisms.)

From your hilarious and, could be interpreted, harsh comments about Marcel-land (that were, perhaps, dead on), or your stoner-affection for Antonia, I trust your judgements. I also feel that you are incredibly fair and well spoken (I read your response to the open letter you received about modified foods).

Thanks for being a judge that helps to clarify everything that makes a great chef, using lingo and conjured descriptions that I can understand.

You were missed this week!

SOCMOM
SOCMOM

Noooooo! Now I don't get my weekly fix of your blog. It's by far my favorite to read!

Justin Haverkorn
Justin Haverkorn

Who refers too themselves in 3rd person! Please 86 Richard Blais. He would get beat up in my kitchen.