Anthony Bourdain

  • Aired:  08/04/11
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Chef Anthony Bourdain worries about the ballooning of Americans and occasionally eats endangered birds with a hood over his head. (4:48)

MUCH.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A CELEBRITY

CHEF WHO HOSTS "NO RESERVATIONS"

ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL.

IF I DON'T LIKE HIM, I'LL SEND

HIM BACK.

PLEASE WELCOME ANTHONY BOURDAIN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

MR. BOURDAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING ON.

NOW, AS I SAID YOU'RE, A

CELEBRITY CHEF.

PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE.

BUT FOR THE UNINITIATED, YOU ARE

A CHEF AT LARGE, YOU'RE AN

AUTHOR, YOU'RE HOST OF THE

TRAVEL CHANNEL'S NO RESERVATIONS

CURRENTLY IN ITS SEVENTH SEASON.

THIS SEASON YOU'RE GOING OFF THE

GRID.

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SAYING HERE.

PLACES LIKE HAITI AND CUBA.

WHY NOT GO PLACES THAT HAVE

FOOD?

[LAUGHTER]

>> UM...

>> Stephen: THEY GOT RICE AND

BEANS IN CUBA, RIGHT?

>> TRUE.

YOU KNOW, I GOT TO ADMIT, TO

SOME EXTENT THIS LAST SEASON

WE'VE BEEN MOVING NOT TO JUST

WHAT PEOPLE ARE EATING BUT WHAT

THEY'RE NOT EATING.

>> Stephen: I GOT TO ASK YOU

SOMETHING.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND FOOD.

OKAY.

[LAUGHTER]

I DON'T.

I'M NOT A FOODIE, BUT I DO

UNDERSTAND ANGER.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND ONE OF THE THINGS I

APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR SHOW IS

THAT... AND YOUR STYLE, YOU HAVE

STYLE, MATTHEW BOURDAIN, BUT YOU

OFTEN SEEM ANGRY AT THE FOOD

THAT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: EVEN IF YOU LIKE

IT, YOU MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE

ANGRY AT THE FOOD.

WHY THE ANGER IN RELATION THE

FOOD?

DOESN'T FOOD BRING US PLEASURE?

>> IT SHOULD.

IN A PERFECT WORLD I SHOULD BE

HAPPY ALL THE TIME AND IT'S ALL

ABOUT LOVE, BUT I ASK MYSELF

THIS ALL THE TIME.

I SHOULD BE... MAYBE IT'S THAT I

COOKED FOR 28 YEARS.

FROM A PROFESSIONAL POINT OF

VIEW, I CAN'T BYPASS A CHILIS OR

AN OLIVE GARDEN AND NOT BOIL

WITH RAGE.

>> Stephen: I'LL TELL YOU WHAT

MAKES ME MAD ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN,

I APPRECIATE IT.

I GET THAT.

WHAT MAKES ME MAD, I GO TO THE

OLIVE GARDEN, THEY SAY,

UNLIMITED BREAD STICKS, BUT IF I

BACK MY CAR UP AND SAY FILL THE

TRUNK, THEY SAY, "NO WAY."

IT'S A LIE.

NOT UNLIMITED.

THERE ARE LIMITS.

BUT WHY EVEN LEAVE AMERICA TO

GET EXOTIC FARE?

I CAN GO TO MY LOCAL FOOD MART

AND GET A PANDA EXPRESS AND

CHIPOTLE AND TACO BELL AND OTHER

THINGS.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, I CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD

IN MY JAZZY.

>> YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ASK ALL THE

TIME, WHAT'S NOSE EXOTIC OR

UNUSUAL OR GROTESQUE FOOD YOU'VE

EVER EATEN, AND I STILL MAINTAIN

IT'S PRETTY HARD TO BEAT FOR

SHEER GROTESQUENESS AND

BIZARRENESS A CINNABUN.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: REALLY?

REALLY?

IS IT THAT THEY'RE LARGER THAN

YOUR FACE?

>> THAT'S ONE WORRISOME ASPECT.

>> Stephen: BUT ISN'T THE FACT

THAT OUR PORTIONS ARE SO LARGE

ONE OF THE REASONS WHY AMERICANS

HAVE THE BEST FOOD?

WE CERTAINLY... WE SEEM TO EAT

THE MOST FOOD.

WE'RE A LARGE PEOPLE.

>> THAT CONCERNS ME ALSO.

AS A PATRIOT, I'M CONCERNED BY

THE BALLOONING OF AMERICA.

>> Stephen: NOW, YOU ONCE ATE

SOMETHING THAT I'D LIKE TO KNOW

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT.

IT'S CALLED ORTHALON.

>> YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

>> Stephen: EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE

WHAT THAT IS AND WHAT IT IS.

>> IT'S A TINY LITTLE BIRD.

>> A NATURE BIRD.

>> SOME SAY.

>> Stephen: SOME SAY.

ENDANGERED.

>> SOME SAY ENDANGERED.

IT'S A TINY LITTLE BIRD THAT'S

CAPTURED, FATTENED, PLUCKED.

>> Stephen: BLINDED?

>> NO, THEY DON'T BLIND IT.

THEY JUST GIVE IT A WHIFF OF

SOMETHING AND THEY KEEL OVER

DEAD.

THEY ROAST THEM.

YOU PICK THEM UP.

IT'S A CEREMONIAL ASPECT.

YOU PUT BASICALLY HOOD OVER YOUR

HEAD, A SHROUD, AND YOU STICK IT

IN YOUR MOUTH AND CRUNCH DOWN

INTO THE BODY, BONES, GUTS AND

ALL.

IT'S A HOT RUSH OF FAT, GUTSZ,

BONES, BLOOD AND MEAT AND IT'S

REALLY DELICIOUS.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST

EXTRAORDINARY DINING EXPERIENCES

YOU CAN HAVE.

>> Stephen: AND I UNDERSTAND

YOU WEAR THE HOOD OVER YOUR HEAD

TO HIDE FROM GOD.

>> MORE PEOPLE SHOULD DO THIS.

>> Stephen: ANTHONY BOURDAIN,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN, "NO

RESERVATIONS" AIRS MONDAY NIGHT

AT 9:00 ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.