Is Anthony Bourdain starting a spat with President-elect Donald Trump? In an interview with Eater, the bad boy chef and TV personality said he refused to ever eat at the restaurants inside the Trump DC International Hotel.
Over the past year, the president-elect has been in a legal battle with Geoffrey Zakariain and José Andrées, the two chefs who dropped out of their contracts with the newly opened Trump Hotel because of Trump’s stance on immigration and cruel words against immigrants. After looking for tenants for many months, Sushi Nakazawa — a popular sushi restaurant in New York — was announced as the newest tenant inside the hotel.
“I will never eat in his restaurant,” Bourdain told Eater, speaking of Nakazawa owner, restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone. “I have utter contempt for him, utter and complete contempt. I mean, I never had the highest opinion of him in the first place, but I guess he’s the last person in this life I should look to for principles.”
The other restaurant located inside the Trump DC Hotel will be BLT Prime, operated by well-known restaurateur David Burke.
“Burke went in and took over [the space José Andrés had originally occupied], and promptly tried to poach his staff, I hear,” Bourdain told Eater. “This was after José reached out and said, ‘Everyone welcome [Burke] to Washington, don’t hold it against him, just because I decided to pull out.’ So Burke’s a steaming loaf of shit, as far as I’m concerned.”