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Most of these so-called "celebrity chefs" are effete snobs. It's a sad comment about our society that we have become enamored with obnoxious, haughtily-dressed short order cooks.
Why does the media refer to him with the title "Chef"? They don't refer to the guy who repairs my car as "Mechanic John Doe."
This guy is a selfish loser who was infatuated with himself.
His food was no more special that the chicken burrito at my local Mexican restaurant, but "clients" would wait hours in line an pay exorbitant sums to impress themselves and others because the media convinced them that he and his food were special. The entire celebrity chef thing reminds me of the emperor's new clothes.
Then why not just cook your bullshit food and shut your yap about shit you know nothing about?
The guy had a ton of fuking' opinions for an un-educated drug addict, who couldn’t get sober or stay sober, and because of America’s self-hypnosis with all things FOOD, we had to read his crap and listen to the views of yet one more asshole celebrity.
"Yo, Tony..STFU and make me a sandwich."
“I will never eat in his restaurant,” Bourdain said about Trump, “I have utter contempt for him, utter and complete contempt.”
"If Trump and Kim Jong-un were going to have a bit of a summit to try and mend relations and they wanted you to cater, what would you serve?” asked a TMZ reporter.
“Hemlock,” Bourdain replied."
So, this miserable, wealthy, somewhat famous Food-Jerk, hangs himself in a French hotel, and I’m supposed to give a shit?
Sadly pathetic if the suicide is related t a failed May December romance. But even if it is related to a failed romance, the root cause has to be much deeper. The romance wouldn't be the reason for the suicide. Anyone have thoughts or feedback on this?
I found him the same way, especially the pretense - he couldn't get a sentence out without a self-reference.
His politics were as shallow as they were reflexive. Canned leftist twaddle that at times actually directly contradicted that for-the-little-guy shtick he was always on about. We've all seen it from the leftist elite.
But oddest is the right's great expressions of loss at his self-induced, crapped-out, and entirely unnecessary passing. If you want to see how far the lifestyling, boomer pop-right has descended into meaninglessness, consider that it identifies with a leftist suicide because they guy scarfed offal, guzzled booze, and was a tattooed celebrity.
[a href="http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/de-niro-broadway-trump-two-tonys-bourdain/"]A good discussion of why Bourdain was liked on the right, even after Trump[/a]
I don't really care how much somebody hates on Trump, whether it's for his personality, his policies, or even just his haircut. That's their prerogative as an American. Lord knows I couldn't stand the Previous 0ccupant. What I do take an instant dislike to is somebody who identifies liking Trump as a moral failing, or parades their pound-resistance to Trump as evidence of their great intelligence, compassion, or humanity.
As far as I can tell, Bourdain did none of those, and was willing to meet with and honestly interact with people who very likely could be Trump supporters as human beings, not caricatures.
I used to peddle computer systems to some of the largest law firms in the country. As part of that I dined at many prestigious restaurants all over the US. The food was OK for the most part, but that's not what they're selling.
If you want really good food find a small town restaurant that's been open for 10 or 20 years. The locals don't come back for the ambience.
I liked his shows, and considering his (typical, predictable) politics he was much better than average at keeping an open mind. He was an excellent and generous interviewer, way above the norm for TV hosts. The self-referential stuff got old, of course, but he saved that for when he had no guest on camera.
But there's almost no excuse, short of outright dementia, for killing yourself and leaving behind an underage child.
Little excuse indeed, and it's not exactly surprising that depression would attend a nihilist wordview. All this talk about illness, and I won't deny that there can be a strong element of disease in some depression, however ill-understood at our present state of knowledge--but a simple inquiry into whether someone has a way of finding any meaning in life might shed better light on the problem of feeling hopeless enough to destroy one's life and takes one's children along. The man was a reportedly recovered heroin addict but remained an extremely heavy drinker who thought his binges and his hangovers were adorable. Was there ever a drug addict or a drunk who didn't adopt emotional, intellectual, and every other possible kind of denial to numb his life until it became unbearably dreary?
I found him to be just as offensive and shallow as most here have described. I see this in a lot of TV personalities and it seems to be part of their shtict and part of the "show". But in spite of his somewhat offensive personality I liked his show. He was kind of the exact opposite of Rick Steves in his tour of foreign lands, a more exotic look at places I suspect Steves avoided in his travels. I enjoyed watching him.
I suspect he had mental problems his entire life. It seems that many/most people who choose to do hard drugs do have mental issues, probably bi-polar and these are often the same mental health issues that lead to suicide.