Friday, June 8, 2018

"Satan needs a line cook" - A comment on

The line cook referenced here was the late Anthony Bourdain.  Mixed emotions in the Comments section.  Apparently Bourdain's remark that if asked to cook for President Trump, he would poison him did not go down well with many readers.

I would question Satan's necessity for a line cook, surrounded as he reportedly is by the flickering, roaring fires of hell.  He might need a sauce pan manufacturer more.

Be that as it may.  Anthony Bourdain was found in a  hotel room in France during filming for an upcoming show.  He was born June 25, 1956 and died 17 days before his 62nd birthday on June 25, 2018.

He leaves behind his first wife and high school sweetheart Nancy Putkoski with whom he had a daughter, Ariane, now 11.  They were married in 1985 and divorced in 2005.  His second venture down the aisle was with Ottavia Busia in 2007; they divorced in 2016.  In 2017 he and Asia Argento began a relationship, but she may not be mourning too deeply - while he was in France shooting this week, she was scooting around Rome with a photographer quite visibly.

Professional chefs are apparently a bitchy bunch.  Another chef - any other chef - is often singled out for disparaging remarks.  Despite fame and a presumably adequate paycheck, Bourdain really had no reason for jealousy, but that never stopped a good line.

Guy Fieri was considered by many as his #1 target.  "(He's) still rolling around in the flame outfit?"  Paula Dean was called out for her nondisclosure of diabetic status while promoting lashings of sugar, butter and cream in many if not most of her recipes.

Conversely, Ines Garten was praised as "One of the few people on Food Network who can actually cook" a nice sideswipe at all of the other chefs on that channel.

Speculation as to the "why?" of his suicide by hanging will probably be rampant for at least two more news days, but my own theory is that the driving force behind his personality - curiosity - died … and he followed it.

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