From China to Las Vegas, Bourdain has eaten at some of the world's most famous and infamous tables. Ever since he penned Kitchen Confidential, the book that blew the doors off the restaurant industry, Bourdain has been on a global pursuit of the perfect meal. The controversial but likable rebel chef stops and shares experiences of his many travels- The Commonwealth Club of California
Anthony Bourdain is an American author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles, based in New York City with locations in Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Bourdain is also host of the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Establishment where refreshments or meals are served to paying guests. Though inns and taverns served simple fare to travelers for centuries, the first modern restaurant where guests could order from a varied menu is thought to have belonged to A. Boulanger, a soup vendor who opened his business in Paris in 1765. The sign above his door advertised restoratives, or restaurants, referring to his soups and broths. By 1804 Paris had more than 500 restaurants, and France soon became internationally famous for its cuisine. Other European restaurants include the Italian trattorie, taverns featuring local specialties; the German Weinstuben, informal restaurants with a large wine selection; the Spanish tapas bars, which serve a wide variety of appetizers; and the public houses of England. Asian restaurants include the Japanese sushi bars and teahouses serving formal Kaiseki cuisine as well as the noodle shops of China. Most U.S. restaurant innovations have revolved around speed. The cafeteria originated in San Francisco during the 1849 gold rush; cafeterias feature self-service and offer a variety of foods displayed on counters. The U.S. also pioneered fast-food restaurants such as White Castle (founded 1921) and McDonald's (seeRay Kroc), usually operated as chains and offering limited menus.
OK, I just have to say it... I dont have a lot of heros in this world, people that I truely admire and respect... but Anthony Bourdain is one of the few. I admire him even more for the sure and certain knowledge that he couldnt possible care less.
It's 2am and again insomnia visited me. I said let me see what I can watch on Fora.Tv [w/c I just recently discovered]. So there, Mr. Bourdain. My idol, not as a cook - since I haven't seen him cook yet - but as the very entertaining host of his Travel Channel show. Big mistake choosing this clip. Now I'm so pumped up with laughing so hard I'd never get to sleep for another couple of hours. But hey, its worth it...
This is such an entertaining program! No Reservations is one of my favorite programs on the Travel Channel. Bourdain's spirit, truth and respect to his environment make for great television. Always nice when a television show on basic cable inspires and educates. Fora, more of these types of programs please!