Flour wasn’t the only thing flying at this year’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Chef Anthony Bourdain made sure to hurl a few insults around during his appearance at the annual event.
In the middle of a question and answer period, the “Top Chef” judge was asked if he was a hypocrite for criticizing fellow chef Paula Deen for failing to open up about her Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis while he smoked cigarettes for years on his own show.
Bourdain responded saying, “You are right. I did smoke cigarettes for a lot of years on my show. But I wasn’t selling you motherf-in’ cigarettes. I wasn’t selling Smoking Tony dolls for your kids. You couldn’t go to five or six casinos around the world and find the Tony Bourdain f-ing smoking section. And when I found a spot on my motherf-ing lung, I didn’t wait three years so I could get a deal so I could sell you the Patch, OK.”
The bad boy chef didn’t stop there, he also said the worst food he’d ever heard of was one of Deen’s concoctions, a burger topped with a fried egg and bacon, sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme donuts.
After revealing her diagnosis, Deen became the spokesperson for Diabetes in a New Light, a program run by a pharmaceutical company which helps adults with the disease cope with their diagnosis and make healthy changes to their daily lifestyle. Her son Bobby has even launched his own Cooking Channel series, “Not My Mama’s Meals” which shows viewers how to create healthier, lower-fat versions of his mother’s southern classics.
Responding to questions about her cooking at the festival, the 65-year-old Food Network star told the Associated Press, “I am who I am. But what I will be doing is offering up lighter versions of my recipes. But you know, I’m Southern by roots. I was taught to cook by my grandmother and nothing I can do would change that.”
The southern sweetheart wasn’t Bourdain’s only target, he delivered one of his classic back-handed compliments at the end of his presentation noting, “Giada’s [de Laurentiis] cooking is not bad. She’s got a big head, but her cooking is not bad. I respect her.”