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Video of Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman at Food Forum

Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, & Duff Goldman Talk Food

A week ago, nonconformist food writer Anthony Bourdain, slow food queen Alice Waters, and celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman took the stage at Food For Thought, a panel discussion that took place in Hartford, CT. There, the three rather different famous food figures discussed, among many other subjects, sustainable food, last meals, celebrity status, and food aphrodisiacs.

Waters made no mention of Bourdain's recent comments about her — in an interview with DCist, he spewed, "Alice Waters annoys the living s**t out of me . . . There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic." While the two got along, they expressed contrasting views on the local and organic food movement. To learn their standpoints and view a clip of the titillating discussion,


The Chez Panisse founder challenged people to find out where their food comes from: "You can have the hot dog, but . . . I want to know that it's a grass-fed beef hot dog. Where did the bun come from?" Bourdain respectfully disagreed. "As a chef, I’m not your dietitian or your ethicist. I’m in the pleasure business . . . My responsibility is to give you the most delicious tomato that I can afford, given the circumstances, and maybe increase the likelihood that you get laid after dinner.”

View the partial footage below and tell me who's right? Alice Waters or Anthony Bourdain? Do they seem to have put their differences behind them?


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goldiecar goldiecar 8 years
LOVE, LOVE, L-O-V-E Anthony Bourdain!! It's true though. How many people are actually going to FINE dining restaurants during this time? People need to enjoy themselves when eating gourmet food. Daily, yes, try to be more aware of what you are eating, where it comes from, etc. But for a FINE dining experience? Enjoy the experience!
ang1885 ang1885 8 years
What was Duff doing there? It just seems like he'd just be sitting there while those two went on and on.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Actually, I don't think the videos came out until yesterday!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I love Duff. I never heard of the other two on the panel. Watching this clip, however, I don't care for Mr. Bourdain's delivery. I agree with him on only a couple of points (very minor ones at that), but his delivery sucks, he comes across as rude, belligerent and superior. I'm all for having an opinion and being allowed to state said opinion, I just wish more people could do it in a more dignified, classy, open minded way.
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Love him ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
He's right on about Alice Waters. Can't stand her. Finally I actually agree with him on something!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's such an odd match up there -but i guess that is supposed to make for good conversation. i'm not much of a fan of 2 out of 3...but oh well. i guess i'm partial to Duff since we went to the same school.
morninghurts morninghurts 8 years
I'm liking Anthony Bourdain less and less (just read his book) although I'll still watch his show and see what he has to say. CaterpillarGirl, where do you go for your foodie news?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
a... week...ago. This is old news in foodie land.
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