Who is Anthony Bourdain?
Anthony Bourdain-my ultimate chef crush (and through whom I live vicariously as he eats his way around the globe), is an internationally renowned best-selling author and television host. He’s a real heavyweight when it comes to the world of food and food culture, in general.
My obsession with him began after accidentally stumbling across his show, ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ on The Travel Channel and it continued as I followed him on ‘The Layover’ and ‘Parts Unknown.’ I instantly fell in love with his raw (often vulgar), no holds barred sarcasm and humour-and even more so of his fantastic shows that focus on him parading around the world and eating his way through city after city.
The Hunger Tour
He has recently launched a second live tour across 11 North American cities. Lucky for me one of those 11 stops on the Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger Tour took place at the beautiful Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
I didn’t know what to expect from a live Anthony Bourdain show, considering I’ve only seen his work on television. And I’ll be completely honest, as much as I call myself a die-hard fan, I haven’t read any of his books. In my defence, I prefer watching him in the flesh!
Upon settling into our seats, an usher approached to inform us that ‘our vision might be compromised due to the sound stage set up a few rows in front of us.’ She then proceeded to ask ‘would you like us to relocate you to the orchestra section.’
Cue, utter disbelief!
So, we worked our way down to the orchestra section, attempting with all our might to not explode from sheer excitement then nonchalantly shimmied our way into second row.
We spent two glorious hours, up close and personal, listening to Anthony’s stories about Food Network chefs, politics, and everything from food-related hashtags (like #foodporn and #foodgasm-which he apparently cannot comprehend, and doesn’t want to!), to his travels around the globe, his favourite places, and some not-so kid-friendly stories about his old glory days or post-show dinners with his production crew.
After an hour or so of dialogue he opened up the floor to the audience for a question and answer session. I threw my hand up every chance I got, like that straight-A student that everyone in the class despises. But to my dismay, I didn’t get a chance to ask my questions.
On that note…
If by sheer luck you have stumbled across this Blog post, I would love to ask you two questions. Firstly (seeing that I’m Sardinian) I would love to know what your overall impression of Sardinia was. Secondly, is there any place in the world that you would NOT like to return to, and why?
Looking forward to your response,