Kitchen confidential

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who hosts a show on the Travel Channel and does guest appearances on "Top Chef," often comes off as a jerk, but he's not afraid to speak his mind, as in this interview in dcist:

What motivates you to continue filming more episodes of No Reservations?

Because I can. I'm well aware of the fact that it's the best job in the world. How long will people want to see more? How long will the network be crazy enough to put up money for this venture? I assume I should do it as long as I can get away with it, because it can't last forever. I would feel like an idiot if I walked away from it now.

Another reason I sort of like Bourdain: He's willing to take a shot at Alice Waters, who gets treated by food writers as some sort of Holy Mother.

I'll tell you. Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We're all in the middle of a recession, like we're all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I'm not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I'm a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits.

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