Anthony Bourdain wasn’t ashamed or afraid to voice what he thought about celebrity chefs on Food Network, especially when it concerned Paula Deen. When Hal Boedeker, writer for the Orlando Sentinel interviewed him, the subject of Paula Deen came up. Hal questioned Anthony what he thought about Paula Deen and the controversy surrounding her. Anthony responded with, “It gives me no pleasure at all. It ain't pretty, either the charges or the reaction. I may have been an adversary or a critic of Miss Deen. It gives me no pleasure to see her torn apart by the people who were kissing her ass a week before."
This is quite a blunt response, but then Anthony isn't one to sugar coat his words.
In 2011, Anthony gave TV Guide his opinion on four of Food Networks celebrity chefs, Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Paula Deen. He described Paula Deen as, "the worst, most dangerous person to America," who "revels in her unholy connections with evil corporations" and is "proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you."
His comment sparked a fire under Paula Deen and she responded in kind. “Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. 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.”
Anthony Bourdain's news program, “Parts Unknown” is one of the most highly acclaimed programs on cable. He speaks plainly and doesn't mince words. Perhaps that is why many people turn in to watch his show.
Season 2 for "Parts Unknown" starts September 15, 8 p.m. central on CNN.