Wonder who won the Golden Clogs? Check out this play-by-play of the presentation. My favorite part happened at 3:06, the Rocco award presented by Rocco himself! — SF Eater
Food author Michael Ruhlman — you may remember him from The Next Iron Chef — and bad boy Anthony Bourdain have put their heads together and have created the Golden Clog Awards. They said it's born out of "too many beers and late night yakatori," and I think it's just downright fun. The categories are hysterical, and their reasons even more so. Bourdain has actually managed to nominate himself for an award even! The actual awards will take place this Friday, but if you're curious to see the categories — including "The Alton" and "The Douchebag" — and nominees, read more
You may have read that Food Network is reairing Anthony Bourdain's orginal show A Cook's Tour, but have you read Anthony's thoughts on why they're doing it? — Travel Channel
As part of our Best of 2007 coverage, we asked you to name your favorite (noncooking or nonreality) food TV show. The majority of you — 26 percent — felt that Duff and the gang over at Ace of Cakes should have walked away the victor. However I'm going to have to go with the second-place winner, No Reservations. Perhaps it's my I'll-eat-anything-once spirit, but I love the way Bourdain travels the globe in search of the best eats. Yes, he does have that snarky demeanor, but he manages to do it humbly and is always the most gracious guest. Whether he's drinking pints in Ireland or sharing meals with school children in Ghana, Bourdain offers a wonderful snapshot of the world, one meal at a time.
This morning I read a press release I never thought I'd read. Food Network is bringing back Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour. That's right: The network that the feisty Bourdain seems to have nothing nice to say about is bringing back his original show. The half-hour episodes of A Cook's Tour originally aired in 2002 and lasted for two seasons. After those two seasons Bourdain departed from Food Network and rumors speculated that the network would never air the episodes again.
Well turns out that it was either a vicious rumor, or someone at Food Network has had a change of heart. Perhaps they're jealous of Bourdain's success on the Travel Channel, or perhaps they're looking to invigorate their lineup. Bob Tuschman, senior vice president for Programming and Production at Food Network, said:
Anthony Bourdain is a passionate foodie who has amazing stories to share as he takes viewers on a unique tour of our planet. We look forward to introducing new viewers to this memorable Food Network series and know they will enjoy Anthony's unique voice and unforgettable adventures.
Well, no matter what the reason, I'm just thrilled that they're finally reairing them. I've only seen a few of these episodes and am really looking forward to seeing the rest. If you're interested in checking them out, they're running a minimarathon on Christmas from 9–11p.m. If you've got plans on Christmas, then you'll be able to catch the episodes on Tuesday at 10:30p.m. starting Jan. 8.
Those of you who complain that you've never seen Anthony Bourdain cook anything may want to tune in to his new No Reservations Holiday Special. It airs tonight and promises to be full of wacky hijinx and ugly sweaters. He even has special guests The Queens of the Stone Age dropping by to help him out. The whole thing sounds like it's going to be a laugh riot, and I personally cannot wait to check it out. How about you? Are you going to tune in?
A couple of weeks ago, TeamSugar and I headed out to Lafayette (east of San Francisco) and trekked out to a fancy pants high school where Anthony Bourdain was speaking. As you may have figured out, I have a slight infatuation with him and was quite eager to hear what he had to say. Would he be as brash in person? Would he complain about Rachael Ray? Or would he be slightly humble and have intelligent things to say? The answer to all of those is yes. He was brash, yet humble. He railed on Rachael, but he also gave a great perspective on our food industry.
The talk was hosted by The Commonwealth Club of California and is actually available online. To get the link to the audio, as well as read some of my favorite bits — including his run down of your fave Food Network chefs — read more
- Be sure to check out what Anthony Bourdain has to say about Rachael Ray and her Dunkin Donuts endorsement. — FitSugar
- If you're looking for a Halloween dessert idea, this Chocolate Spiderweb Tart is sure to be a spooky hit. — Baking Bites
- Your luck is about take a turn for the worse. Bad luck fortunes have somehow made their way into Wonton Food's cookies. — Serious Eats
- Do you love or hate these chandeliers and sofas made from wine jugs? — CasaSugar
- Scientists are saying that gum swallowing isn't as terrible as we thought. — Slashfood
- Pumpkin season has arrived, get a whole slew of great pumpkin recipes and get started. — iVillage
- Illy Coffee has designed a cafe in a box that unfolds at the push of a button. — Will Work for Food
- Are organic cows happy cows? — Culinate
- You have to wonder, is Greek food the new Italian food? — Chow