Alton Brown Responds to Anthony Bourdain’s Mocking Comments Toward Food Network Stars

The Food Network star defended his colleagues and challenged Bourdain’s comments
Alton Brown Responds to Bourdain

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Alton Brown responded to Anthony Bourdain's comments from his Close to the Bone standup tour.

While Anthony Bourdain stopped in Atlanta for his Close to the Bone standup tour last month, the chef and TV personality, of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, among other shows, took some stabs at other television food stars.

Bourdain was performing at the Fox Theatre July 13 when he dissed Guy Fieri and Adam Richman. In regards to Adam Richman, known for Man v. Food, Bourdain said: “Why did we watch that show? Admit it. You wanted him to die.” He complimented Ina Garten, however, saying she’s one of the few people on Food Network “who can actually cook.”

Alton Brown recently responded to Bourdain’s comments, telling People Magazine: “I don’t have to defend my skills against anybody. I’ve got 14 years and 252 episodes of a show called Good Eats that I’m pretty sure I can use as a résumé for my skills.

“When was the last time you saw Anthony Bourdain actually cook anything?” he added. “I’ve spent 14 years cooking my own food on television and I’ve never seen him cook a meal.”


But Brown was not completely negative toward Bourdain, saying: “I will say this: I think that [he] is probably the best writer about food. I’m jealous of his work. I’m a fan, and the few times I’ve gotten to work with him I enjoyed it immensely.”