Paula Deen has a bone to pick with Anthony Bourdain
Paula Deen is biting back against professional jerk Anthony Bourdain, saying the food critic/chef/arrogant TV host can take a bite out of somethin'-somethin' for calling her the "most dangerous person in America." Well, Paula, you could cut down on the butter a tad.
"Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael's, Sandra's and Guy's," she told the New York Post, referring to Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Guy Fieri, whom Bourdain also badmouthed in TV Guide. "But it's another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It's not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country."
She also noted those other three culinary personalities do plenty, too. "I have no idea what Anthony has done to contribute besides being irritable. You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills."
If you didn't read the TV Guide interview, he was a bit venomous in his decriptions of the quartet. "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen," he said. "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you ... plus, her food sucks." Well, he's obviously not a fan of The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Ga., then.
He pointed out about Ray, "To her credit, she never said she was good at it." For Lee, he noted, "I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly." High praise, given his assessment of Fieri: "I look at Guy and I just think, 'Jesus, I’m glad that's not me.'" Suddenly we're thinking the same thing about you, Tony.
Given the outcry, Bourdain was peppered with question via his Twitter account, @NoReservations, so he addressed his poor attitude. "Resolved: Next time I'm asked (for the millionth time) who the worst cooks on Food Network are, I'll just shut up. Who cares?" Lots of people, apparently.
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