The Daily Meal's executive editor, Arthur Bovino, talks to Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain at the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Awards in Association with The Balvenie.
Chef personality Anthony Bourdain may have a lot on his plate as the star of several TV shows, including Parts Unknown and The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, but he was incredibly honored to make time to be the lead juror for this year’s American Craft Council awards at Le Bernardin Privé. The Daily Meal’s Arthur Bovino spoke with Bourdain at the awards ceremony hosted by The Balvenie at Le Bernardin Privé (the private dining room that is an offshoot of Le Bernardin, one of The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America), and the chef revealed, among other things, how he likes his Scotch (with one ice cube, unless it’s a 30-year single malt, and then he’ll drink it neat, of course), and his dream chef’s knife: a blade crafted by Bob Kramer.
Bourdain announced knife-maker Bob Kramer as the winner from four finalists, of the third annual American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award (last year's awards were held at Per Se). To be considered for the award, finalists must meet a certain quality criterion that demonstrates their demonstration of traditional craft techniques. Kramer received a trip to Scotland and a $10,000 endowment to go toward the continuation of his craft.
“The legendary Bob Kramer handcrafts the finest chef’s knives in the world,” Bourdain says in the interview. “It would be inappropriate to call it the Rolls Royce or Ferrari of knives, because the type of car has not been invented that reflects this kind of quality… when you hold this thing in your hand, you feel a warm hum.”
Bourdain said he does not own a Bob Kramer knife, and that even though he was seated next to Kramer and his wife during the competition, he could not bring himself to ask for one. It seems that even world-famous food celebrities can feel star-struck — or knife-struck — sometimes. “But I want one, I really want one!” Bourdain added.
Watch the video above to learn who else chef Bourdain admires in the world of high-end culinary craft.