Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Anthony Bourdain–Official Chef of S&B

We love cooking shows here in the Bell Household.  From Top Chef to Ace of Cakes – we probably watch it. 

In particular, I love the personalities of the various chefs and critics.  They truly make the shows, and (IMO) the best ones are that way because they wear their emotions on their sleeves – they have a passion for what they do.

Just the other day, I blogged asking if we really need a wine commemorating 9/11.  While somewhat subdued, I did call for a complete boycott of the entire Lieb Cellars product line.  

Enter Anthony Bourdain.  Mr. Bourdain is a very famous chef andTV personality, most recently with his show “Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations”.  I’ve included a video from when he was in Russia at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure.

According to the article below, one of his former resturants (Les Halles) was carrying the wine.

His comments below are classic and spot on.  Not only did he move up a few notches in my book, but I am going to name him “The Official Chef of Smokes and Booze”.

Bravo Sir.  Well Done!

Anthony Bourdain Rips 9/11 Vintner a New One

The ranting and ravings of Anthony Bourdain are often over the top, sometimes outright silly. But his thorough ripping of the enterprising Long Island vintner selling 9/11 Memorial Commemorative wines is bang on.

The wines, said to honor the upcoming 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, are even being sold for $19.11! (As opposed to a less profitable $9.11??) According to The Independent, the No Reservations star was outraged when he learned through members of the FDNY via Twitter that Les Halles, his former restaurant, was selling the wines.

Reassuring his followers that he no longer has anything to do with the restaurant, Bourdain vowed to pull strings to have the wines removed from the list. "Holy FUCK! What kind of piece of shit would create such a product?" he tweeted, adding, "That's vomit inducing" and "I will personally leave an upper decker in the bathroom of whoever is responsible for this."

Lieb Cellars has said that a percentage of the proceeds will go towards the National September 11 Memorial Museum, but that percentage is less than 10. It's a rare case when a wine can make you sick before you even drink it.

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