I am an author and traveling enthusiast, debuting a travel docu-series, Parts Unknown, on CNN this spring, EP'ing The Getaway on the Esquire Network & currently co-hosting The Taste on ABC. I voice bastard chef Lance Casteau in this week's Archer (I hung around the Archer parking lot until they gave me some work). Ask me anything.
“Live and Let Dine” premieres this Thursday, February 28th at 10:00 PM ET/PT on FX | Official episode description: Archer, Lana, and Cyril go undercover in celebrity chef Lance Casteau’s (Anthony Bourdain) hellish kitchen.
Edit 1: proof here
Edit 2: thank you and remember to try the veal!
I just wanted to say that you have inspired me to be more aware of the culture surrounding me and to travel as much as possible. I have seen all of No Reservations and read every single one of your books, and you are my favorite writer. I cannot thank you enough to teach me to be a traveler and not a tourist. I have become a much more adventurous eater and have learned to expand my comfort zone when it comes to food. You have had a profound impact on my life.
My question is, if you had to have one last drink in this lifetime, what would it be, where would it be, and who would you share it with?
I'd like to have a beer and a meat pie with Keith Richards.
Welcome! You are honestly a huge inspiration to me, you're insightful yet real. I really look up to you.
Traveling abroad, what kind of precautions did you have to take to not become ill from food prepared in less than satisfactory conditions?
What was your worst incident of food poisoning while traveling for No Reservations?
Liberia. I was crawling around leaking in all directions for two days.
I love you Anthony! You and Ottavia are one of my favorite couples ever, and she's helped inspired me in getting into MMA. Also, have you seen the short-lived sitcom that was adapted from your book "Kitchen Confidential"? If so, what did you think about it? Did you have any involvement in the making of the show? I actually thought the show was pretty hilarious. Thanks!
Bradley Cooper as me? It was strange. I thought--this guy's going nowhere.
How wrong can you be. Also, I thought he was brilliant in Silver Linings Playbook. So about as wrong as a man can be.
Hi Anthony, thank you very much for doing this AMA and I hope your day is going well. Two questions for you, which country do you think has the best overall streetfood, and if you could relive any of your trips from No Reservations, which would it be?
Singapore. Hong Kong, Saigon all have great street food.
First of all, thanks a lot for doing this. I’ve been a huge fan of yours for a while now. You inspired me to travel and see the world. So for that, I thank you.
With you new show, Parts Unknown, you travel to places you’ve never been to before (e.g. Libya, Myanmar (Burma)), with some being a little sketchier than others. My question(s) would be: Which country were you most excited to visit and why? Which country were you nervous to visit?
Libya was worrying at times. Shit was happening around the time we were there. But the militia dudes from Misrata who were looking after us took real good care of us and it ended up being a pretty inspiring experience.
Tony, you rock. I'm super bummed that No Reservations isn't on Netflix any more, there wasn't much I liked better getting home after a night of drinking, pouring some whiskey, and watching a random episode...
Anyways, I hate to be the one to say it, but, The Taste? Seriously? Ten years ago you would have been mocking the crap out of yourself. How did you decide to take on a project like that?
We still love you, and come out to DC more often. The food scene here is really starting to interesting.
This bus makes many stops. I have no expectation that you will like all of them.
Do you ever find chefs to be resentful of you because they may feel that they have more skill in the profession than you? If they do, do you feel that they need to realize that you are where you are in life because of your personality and writing ability? Also, I just want to say that I'm a huge fan and respect the amount of effort that goes into your work.
Not really, I hope. I've tried to be really upfront about my limited skills in the kitchen--and that I was NEVER, EVER a great chef. I never owned a business. I try and remind people of that. What I do is easy. Running a kitchen--or owning a restaurant is MUCH harder.
Can you talk about the decision process behind the later seasons of No Reservations evolving beyond the "Let's visit X place to hang out with interesting people and try the food" to examining places like Liberia, Mozambique, and especially Haiti? Having spent a lot of time working/traveling in Latin America, the scene with trying to buy people food in Haiti reminded me of so many experiences when you're confronting not just with your own privilege as an American (and one who can afford to travel abroad), but with how the world is so much more complicated than just being able to help with good intentions. At least that's what my experience has been traveling on delegations to places like Cuba & rural Mexico and being in the Peace Corps.
I go places I'm curious about, feel strongly about==or places that simply sound like they might be fun. Im taking advantage of my situation to have a childhood I once only dreamed about. I like telling stories. I like learning stuff. I like the process of making visual media about places I'm passionate about--or people I care about.
First off I love No Reservations, sad to see it go. Do you ever feel like a sell out doing shows like the Taste?
I know part of you must hate the game show feel of it... No reservations was just so much about how the food tied cultures together so seeing you on the Taste was really surprising.
"Sell out'? Like Scripps (Food Net owners and owners of Travel) are some kind of an indie label? I sold out the first time I ever agreed to work a brunch shift. The question for me is always--was it fun? Answer. Yes.