Food Fight Card: Paula Deen vs. Anthony Bourdain
By April MacIntyre Aug 19, 2011, 18:52 GMT
Anthony Bourdain - 8th Annual Food Bank For New York City\'s "Can-Do" Awards Dinner - Arrivals - Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the Hudson River - New York City, NY, USA © Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos
In a battle of the high brow versus the low brow famous foodies, celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Anthony Bourdain are warring via the media over their professional reputations.
Deen is a humorous, unapologetic Southern lover of all things deep-fried, served with butter. Bourdain is a humorous, free-wheeling intrepid world traveler who eats and drinks in exotic locales while musing over cuisine, life and the similarities of all countries and people who inhabit them.
Bourdain called this video below, "a war crime."
Bourdain is the host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated "No Reservations" for Travel channel and author of Kitchen Confidential.
Deen is the fat-loving queen of the Food Network.
Bourdain fired the first shot, using an interview with this week's TV Guide (excerpted by the NY Post) to share that Deen isn't helping anyone's health because of her fatty, calorie-laden meals, she's "the worst, most dangerous person to America."
"She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she's proud of the fact that her food is f-cking bad for you," he said. "I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it is OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks."
Other Food network stars got dome Bourdain disdain too: Rchael Ray: “Does she even cook anymore? . . . To her credit, she never said she was good at it.” Sandra Lee: “I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly.”
And Triple D star Guy Fieri: “I look at Guy and I just think, ‘Jesus, I’m glad that’s not me.’”
Now, If anyone ever saw the film "Two Moon Junction," you know you cannot keep a riled up Southern woman from fighting back (there may be some unrequited sexual tension there too between Deen and Bourdain, but we don't judge).
Deen shot back at Bourdain, and told Page_Six:
“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s [Fieri]. But it’s another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”
“My good friends Rachael, Guy and Sandra are the most generous charitable folks I know. They give so much of their time and money to help the food-deprived, sick children and abandoned animals. I have no idea what Anthony has done to contribute besides being irritable.”
Deen added, “You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills . . . It wasn’t that long ago that I was struggling to feed my family, too.”
For the record, Bourdain does do charitable work and fundraises too.
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