Anthony Bourdain: A large proportion of food critics are bent

Chef-turned-writer Anthony Bourdain – currently in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival – discusses with Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes:

  • Corrupt restaurant critics: “I don’t have  a lot of tolerance for people who have other agendas, who are settling personal scores, who are taking backhanders, who are in any way bent, which is to say a very large proportion of the food writing, or food criticism community.”
  • Masterchef: “I’m for competitive reality shows. Anything that increases interest in cooks and chefs and foods and restaurants is good for society, even at its sillliest.”
  • Writing for David Simon’s HBO drama Treme, which is about to go out in Australia on Showtime.
  • Social media – Hijacking his own 1m+ Facebook page and how he talks to his 400,000 Twitter followers.
  • Matt Moran’s experience at US food venue Beard House: “I can’t imagine he wasn’t disappointed with who showed up, which was no-one of importance, which was business as usual there.”

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