Celebrity or not, lots of chefs run a little hot under the collar. It’s no surprise that the industry attracts its share of type As: You’ve got to be a passionate person to survive in an industry that likes to instantly reward or vilify, depending how the wind blows.
So it should come as no surprise that in the world of celebrity chefs those heated personalities sometimes clash, leading to conflicts that both enthrall us and leave us torn about which side to choose.
E!Online took a closer look at some of the best celebrity chef clashes, both current and long-simmering, and assembled a slideshow full of infamous throwdowns. Head over to the article for the full list, and check out a few of our favorite highlights below.
1. Anthony Bourdain Hates (Almost) Everyone
It’s no secret that the Parts Unknown star and Kitchen Confidential author isn’t afraid to share his honest, blunt opinions. (It’s literally what his career is built on). What is a little surprising, however, is just how many people Bourdain has butted heads with over the years: He called Ina Garten’s home life strange, saying “I don’t want to live in her house. I don’t want to spend a weekend there. It gets weird in Ina Land.” He called Sandra Lee the “frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker…on a mission to kill her fans one meal at a time.”
He stated that Alice Waters “annoys the living s**t out of me” and even equated her with the Khmer Rouge. And he once asked, “How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”
On Paula Deen he cut to the chase, stating that “her food sucks.” The list goes on. Bourdain’s patience with other chefs, on the other hand, does not.
Meanwhile, John Tesar, cheftestant on Top Chef's upcoming Season 14 (premiering December 1), gave it right back to Bourdain, saying "The guy can't cook his way out of a paper bag. Everywhere he goes he makes Portuguese fish stew, beef bourguignon or he brings Eric Ripert with him to do something."
2. Martha Stewart Gets Into It With Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachael Ray.
Of the multi-tasking Gwyneth Paltrow, Stewart suggested she stay quiet and focus on being a movie star: “If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” Stewart also created a “conscious coupling” dessert recipe as a dig at Paltrow’s odd divorce terminology. As for Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart derided her baking abilities and insinuated Ray’s latest cookbook left a lot to be desired.
Paltrow fired back with her own less-than-subtle Jailbird Cake recipe, while Ray took the high road, saying “Why would it make me mad? Her skill set is far beyond mine. That's simply the reality of it.”
3. Gordon Ramsay Calls Mario Batali “Fanta Pants”
The Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef/Kitchen Nightmares star is known for his unmatched ability to craft insults, but we have to say that “Fanta Pants,” a reference to the bright shorts typically worn by Batali, is not one of his best. Still it stung enough for Batali to ban Ramsay from any of his restaurants for the time being. Batali admits, however, that if he and Ramsay were to meet for a drink he’s sure they’d get along fine.
Though we assume that drink would not be a Fanta.
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