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Saturday, January 24, 2009 

Chef on Chef Scandal

The arugula is flying; or at least a "spirited" culinary disagreement is going on the Alice Water(s)gate roadshow tour.
How fitting that Anthony Bourdain’s controversial interview with DCist, in which Bourdain called organic food proponent Alice Waters’ agenda “very Khmer Rouge,” took place in our nation’s capital. Welcome to Alice Watersgate, a brewing chef on chef scandal that (potentially) has the unexpected benefit of bringing ideas about our country’s food policy to a much wider audience. Judging from the DCist interview, general timing seems to be part of Bourdain’s overall gripe: “We're all in the middle of a recession,” he told interviewer Jamie R. Liu, while complaining about the priciness and preachiness seemingly inherent to going green, “like we're all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market.” - Gothamist
Speaking of the traveling "gonzo chef"...have you reserved your tickets to see him at the Arlington on February 27th? Wonder if former UCSB attendee Alice Waters will be accompanying him....

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I love both Anthony and Alice....they are amazing at what they do. If you are at all into food, you have to appreciate these two incredible talents and all of their contributions. I think everyone needs to just take a chill pill and get along. Alice has a wonderful message and Tony is, well, just being Tony...and you gotta love that!

One more reason that Anthony Bourdain just rubs me the wrong way. Another blowhard lobbing verbal grenades in a grasp for media attention. I'm no Waters acolyte, but she definitely comes off as the Grande Dame class act.

What's Tony's point? I too think it's ironic that much of the local/organic movement is very much a "movement of the well-heeled"... but it's like saying that the poor and struggling aren't able to -- or shouldn't try -- to have greater access to healthy, good foods. If Italy's peasants could manage for centuries, it seems we could figure out a way to bring affordable foodstuffs to the working poor.

Sounds like Bourdain believes the same thing, so way to go, Tony: nail your philosophical allies to the wall.

I believe you would find Anthony and Alice at opposite sides of the food spectrum, and i do like them both. they each contribute in their own way to the continuing dialogue about my favorite subject: Food. Here's my contribution to the dialogue.
Friday Evening: Creating La Dolce Vita, one bite at a time
available at www.fridayeveningthe book.com

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