Celebrity Food Fight!

23 Aug

Yum. Everyone loves a food fight.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain started a particularly messy one with his recent comments in TV Guide.

He referred to Paula Deen “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”

Lovely.  (This from a guy who scarfs down goat gonads and rotten shark meat…)

Them thar are fighting words!  Brickbats to stir up some serious rancor with your sweet cream butter and whipping cream.

Photo Credit: Echomedia.com

Paula Deen responded with her usual folksy brand of Georgian charm:

“I don’t know if it was a publicity thing or if someone had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning and he was mad.”

“Pee in his cereal?”  Eeks!  (And I thought grits was the most vile southern style breakfast…)

But the sour Bourdain has a valid point about popular celebrity chefs, unhealthy food, and obesity.  Consider these Food Network stars:

Mario Batalia: A picture is worth a thousand bites.  Yes, that’s a fork. (Would hate to see his ice cream scoop!)

Photo Credit: funcrunch.com

The much-loved and decidedly porky East Hampton gourmet chef “The Barefoot Contessa.”  She’s so placidly sweet – might it be a diabetic coma?

Food Network

Photo Credit: FoodNetworkHumor.com

So, why not focus on healthier cooking? It won’t be much fun if one of these celebrity chefs drops dead from a massive coronary while cooking up a crockpot of Lobster Mac & Cheese.  (that’s a real recipe and it’s available online)

Hey y’all!  Paula Deen has a compelling personal story:   It Ain’t All About the Cookin’

Credit: Amazon.com

Audio from The New Yorker MagazinePepsico and the future of snacking


6 Responses to “Celebrity Food Fight!”

  1. Regina August 26, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I like Anthony but sometimes you just need to know when to keep a tight lip. 🙂

  2. Joanne (@OpinionsToGo) August 28, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    It really isn’t necessary for one chef to bash another…Mr. Bourdain just made himself look bad! If it wasn’t for your post, I would never have known about this!

    Thank goodness you have your finger on the pulse of the “Food Network!”

    • BARB BEST August 28, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks, Joanne. It’s dirty work, but someone has to do it.

  3. Dawn August 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I don’t watch Food Network anymore. Makes me hungry. Which makes me obese. Word. Loved the post, and love the way you mine entertainment for your material. 🙂

    • BARB BEST August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      Ha, Dawn. Watching The Food Network makes me hungry, too. They should put calorie counts on the shows!

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