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Anthony Bourdain Trash Talks Celebrity Chefs

8/17/2011 11:56am EDT
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain recently sat down with TV Guide Magazine, and the "No Reservations" star didn't pull any punches when it came to talking about fellow food personalities.

On 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--king bad for you [...] plus, her food sucks."

On Guy Fieri: "I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, 'Jesus, I'm glad that's not me.'"

On Rachael Ray: "Does she even cook anymore? I don't know why she bothers. To her credit, she never sa...

Why Aren't You Watching 'Pawn Stars?'

12/29/2010 10:40am EST
Pawn Stars
When “Antiques Road Show” premiered in America thirteen years ago, it astoundingly became something of a phenomenon. The idea of attaching a monetary figure to all that old junk people collected made for some interesting, if not particularly compelling, television. The problem was, of course, no one ever got to sell their antiques as the show only appraised, and never purchased items or put them up for auction. Also, there were only so many antique vases a fellah could see before wondering what else was on. Enter "Pawn Stars".

Following the proprietors of the family owned “Gold &...

Anthony Bourdain Returns With All New Episodes Tonight On Travel Channel

7/5/2010 9:30am EDT
Anthony Bourdain Returns With All New Episodes Tonight On Travel
As he continues to explore every corner of the globe on his Emmy-winning Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, now in its sixth season, Tony encounters the weird, wild, and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define what it means to scale the international cultural landscape. This season, Tony will explore the beginnings of his career in a special “Where It All Began” episode, he’ll travel to Rome – a place he’s never been to before, and he’ll celebrate the landmark 100th episode of the show.

Catch all new episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation...

Why Aren't You Watching 'Man V. Food?'

7/1/2010 12:15pm EDT
Man v. Food
The Travel Channel has a few gems. Anthony Bourdain is quite entertaining to watch and brings more than just a bratty attitude to his food show. Andrew Zimmern will keep you interested for the entire episode. Samantha Brown has the best job in the world (and I’d like it next, thanks). These are shows that cater to the older demographic on the whole – with the exception of some Bourdain episodes that walk the line between edgy and trying-too-hard. They are devoid of rabid screaming, silly attempts at overcoming pointless obstacles, and a bloated stomach - nine times out of ten.

Thankfully f...

Slideshow: Our Favorite Food Celebrities

8/14/2009 9:52am EDT
Julia Child
The roots of food culture and the success of a chef's celebrity status finds its genesis with culinary wizard Julia Child. The woman is a legend and a hero in kitchens around the globe, both commercial and private. She is a popular culture icon, quoted and imitated by many, from Dan Aykroyd's portrayal on Saturday Night Live, to Dr. Huxtable liberally applying her well-known accent whilst cooking a turkey on The Cosby Show.

The most recent cinematic shrine to Child, Julie & Julia, reminds cooks and chefs everywhere, man or woman, why they have a inextinguishable passion for food. We...

What's On? This Week in Television

3/30/2009 1:52pm EDT
It's the end of an era later this week, as ER airs its 2-hour series finale on Thursday. Usually, I suggest you go out and do something on Saturdays, but if you're a basketball fan you're going to want to watch the NCAA final four. Michigan St. takes on Connecticut, and Villanova faces North Carolina for the right to play in this year's national championship game.


Pick of the Night: CSI: Miami CBS 10/9c., "Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing."

Wolfe is kidnapped by the Russian mob, and is forced to help them or be killed.

Other new episodes worth watching: Chuck NBC 8/7c, How...

What's On? This Week In Television

3/16/2009 2:49pm EDT
The tournament field is set, and now everyone will be filling out their brackets in hopes of winning their office pool. The madness begins Thursday at Noon ET on CBS.


Pick of the Night: How I Met Your Mother CBS 8:30/7:30c, "The Front Porch."

Lily doesn't like Ted's new girlfriend, played by Laura Prepon of That's 70's Show, so she tries to sabotage their relationship.

Other new episodes worth watching: House FOX 8/7c, The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, 24 FOX 9/8c, Two And A Half Men CBS 9/8c, Rules Of Engagement CBS 9:30/8:30c, CSI: Miami CBS 9/8c.

Rerun alert: C...

What's On? This Week In Television

2/23/2009 3:52pm EST
The Closer
Last night wrapped up an excellent week in the entertainment world with favorite Slumdog Millionaire taking top honors with the Best Picture Oscar. Tuesday night there will be an address from President Obama, and many shows will either not be airing or be in reruns. Check here to see if your favorite shows are new this week.


Pick of the Night: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, "Disappearing Manhattan." Travel Channel 10/9c. Snarky host Tony Bourdain takes a look at the surviving gems in what is becoming a very commercialized urban center of the world.

Other new ep...

'Top Chef' Recap: Team Rainbow Is Officially Disbanded

2/6/2009 10:41am EST
Top Chef
This episode of Top Chef raises the steaks significantly higher than before. Did I say steaks? I meant to say FISH steaks!

Quickfire Challenge

The chefs enter the kitchen to find Padma standing with the incredible French chef Eric Ripert (who had a recent appearance on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel), who is a widely known and accomplished chef and owner of restaurant Le Bernardin. Today's Quickfire Challenge involves precision, technique and speed, so the chefs will have five minutes to clean and filet three types of fish at a time. The first is cleaning ...

What's On? This Week In Television

2/2/2009 8:55am EST
How I Met Your Mother
This week begins a new sweeps month, which means the networks will be trying to get your attention with a lot of new episodes and big events. The month kicked off with Super Bowl XLIII, and here's what to watch for the rest of the week:


Pick of the Night: How I Met Your Mother, CBS 8:30/7:30c

"Barney Stinson: That Guy's Awesome:" Robin faces deportation back to Canada if she doesn't find work, and Barney helps with a video resume.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, House FOX 8/7c, CSI: Miami 10/9c, The Closer TNT 9/8 c, Anthony Bourda...

Spotlight On 10 Top Basic Cable Shows

12/26/2008 10:12am EST
Mad Men
Last September marked a new era when AMC's Mad Men became the first basic cable show to win the best drama award at the Emmys. For the last several years, the original programming on basic cable has been catching up to the broadcast networks, and now it has arguably surpassed it.

Check out our list of top 10 cable shows, which contains some old favorites, some obscure cult hits, and a couple new arrivals.

10. Burn Notice returns to USA this January 22 at 10/9c for a third season. Burn Notice offers up a unique brand of action and spy thrills.

9. Raising the Bar had an exc...

The Best & Worst Of Anthony Bourdain

8/22/2008 11:09am EDT
Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" remains one of the only reasons to tune into the Travel Channel. With the series well into its fifth season Bourdain's had his share of successes and failures. The following showcases some of Tony's best and worst moments across the globe.

Best Destinations

1) Paris, France-It seems fitting that Bourdain chose to jumpstart "No Reservations" with a close and compassionate look at France, arguably the culinary Mecca of the world. Having years of classical French cooking training behind him Bourdain is perhaps a bit biased when it comes to the ...

The Travel Channel Needs A Complete Overhaul

8/19/2008 9:11am EDT
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
The Travel Channel is one of cable's niche networks. Like its companions The Food Network, The History Channel, or even something like Court TV, Travel is aimed at a specific demographic - in this case those interested in exploring the globe.

Like travel literature or periodicals like Outdoor Magazine, The Travel Channel is just another fix for those in the mood for some armchair traveling. Since its inception in 1987 it has produced a handful of stellar programs and introduced the world to televised poker (hard to say if this was a net positive). Yet 20 years later the network seems ...

Tour Laos On The Season Premiere Of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations'

7/7/2008 12:03pm EDT
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Embarking on another diverse global journey, Bourdain kicks off the newest installment of the Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" in Laos, a land with picturesque landscapes, exotic cuisines, and a mysterious history.

Considering Anthony’s penchant for encountering the weird, wild and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define the international cultural landscape, Laos serves as an idyllic backdrop to kick off the new season on Monday, July 7 at 10 PM ET.

Whether he’s sampling various Laotian delicacies such as dried cured ...

The Kitchen Is Getting Hotter On 'Top Chef,' Dale Is Sent Home

5/22/2008 8:46am EDT
Top Chef
The best way to get past an elimination is with a fresh start, so rise and shine Top Chefs! Coliccio surprised them at the crack of dawn to announce that they would have their Quickfire Challenge at one of the best breakfast joints in Chicago (Mitchels?). They would be line chefs preparing eggs. Sounds easy, doesn't it? However, egg chefs have sausage, bacon, poached eggs, and potatoes to worry about on top of all the specifications that are thrown at them per order. The winner of the challenge would be the person the owner would most likely hire. The owner really liked Antonia and Dale, wi...

'Top Chef' Season 4 Raises The Bar

3/13/2008 10:08am EDT
Top Chef
I'd like to personally welcome all of you easy chair culinary pundits to another season of "Top Chef." This show is the best food competition on TV; you can take your "Iron Chef" and shove it.

The kitchen is no place for theatrics, just nifty knife work, refined flavor profiles and the usual reality show drama. All of your favorite nitpickers (Tom, Ted, Gail and Padma) are back for this season's culinary sojourn in the windy city of Chicago. The new locale will assuredly provide us with more and different challenges spawned from the flavors of the second city, so let us tarry not any ...

Anthony Bourdain is Back in the Kitchen

3/11/2008 12:14pm EDT
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
This new episode of No Reservations diverged from the successful formula of previous episodes. We've all become accustomed to Tony's travels to exotic destinations eating his way through the cities and towns he visits. We've seen him and his hosts slaughter a pig in a bevy of locales, seen different preparations of the poor doomed swine, and learned of the multitude of uses for the Offal. This episode gave us something different, it gave us a view into the former life of Tony Bourdain, his life as a line cook in Brasserie Les Halles. If you're familiar with Bourdain's iconic pseudo-memoir, ...

'No Reservations' Romania, Eat In This Time, Come Back For More

3/5/2008 10:23am EST
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
No Reservations is an hour long celebration of the off-beat cuisine of places you've never been but would like to go to…usually. This installment offered us a view into Romania, courtesy of the one, the only, Anthony Bourdain. A frequent author but a full-time cook no longer, Bourdain has delighted himself for years in being shuttled around by various TV networks to some of the most remote places on the Earth to sample their foods, smoke a lot of cigarettes and drink a lot of beer, most of the time involving the slaughter of a pig (captured on camera for posterity).

This time Tony fou...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week:

1/21/2008 8:55am EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Monday, Jan. 21

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 9 p.m.) - John and Cameron try to fit in at high school. Hopefully, there's no robotic substitute teacher this time.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Rocket scientist Joe, TV's brainiest husband, is interviewing with an employer who has a missing daughter. Luckily, Joe's wife is TV's best psychic.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel, 10 p.m.) - His book Kitchen Confidential inspired the short-lived FOX series of the same name. In this week's No Reservations, Bourdain explores the thriving film scene, natural scenery a...

New Episodes Of 'No Reservations' To Air In January

12/30/2007 9:00am EST
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Embarking on another diverse global journey, Bourdain kicks off the fourth installment of Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" in one of his favorite Asian destinations: Singapore.

A gastronomical crossroad of Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Indonesian cuisines, Singapore, and all of its splendor, serves as an idyllic backdrop to kick off the new season on Monday, January 7 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

Whether seeking out the best vendor for the favorite local dish, chicken rice, visiting a reflexologist for a traditional foot massage to diagnose all that ail...