Anthony Bourdain is someone that always has a lot to say when it comes to food, but recently, he ended up eating his words after eating some Frito Pie. UPI.com reported on Oct. 1, 2013, that Bourdain apologized for attacking and verbally demolishing a much-loved dish in New Mexico.
On a recent episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown," Bourdain tore into the "World Famous" Frito Pies that are sold at Santa Fe's Five & Dime General Store in New Mexico. This is a well-known tourist attraction in the state and one that is visited by tons of people annually.
Bourdain had the Frito Pie and lashed into it by saying it was made with canned Hormel Chili and a "day-glow orange cheese-like subtance."
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion even if it isn't something that other agree with, but the thing is that Bourdain was wrong on one thing. Karen Reynolds, his spokeswoman, revealed Bourdain was incorrect in his description of the chili.
"He admits that 'we got it wrong' about the chili," Reynolds said in an email. "And we'll try to correct it for future airings."
Store manager, Mike Collins, said that Bourdain was "completely wrong" on the Frito Pie from the Five & Dime. He said their version is homemade from chile grown in New Mexico and remains very popular. He has no idea where Bourdain got the idea that they use Hormel Chili.
Bourdain also drew fire for saying:
"New Mexico, you have many wonderful things," Bourdain said. "I think, let Texas have this one."
Collins and his staff have no hard feelings toward Bourdain. They said he was still a pleasant person and nice to be around.
Reynolds went on to say later that it wasn't evident from the episode shown on CNN, but Bourdain actually enjoyed the Frito Pie.
"Contrary to the impression left by some reports of the show, I, in fact, very much enjoyed my Frito pie in spite of its disturbing weight in the hand. It may have felt like (expletive) but was shockingly tasty," Bourdain said in a statement.