Eight Best Moments from Anthony Bourdain's Reddit AMA Yesterday
Yesterday Anthony Bourdain hosted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), which is an online Q&A with little editing or interference and just a few guidelines for etiquette, which are primarily enforced through a voting system. In general, anyone can lob a question and usually the answers are pretty candid. But, this was Anthony Bourdain, so naturally it was candid.
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Here are the top eight responses from the chef that remind us why we all love the hot mess he is.
Q (Kalicki): Anything you miss most about working in a kitchen daily? Anthony Bourdain: The first beer after a busy shift
Q (Wickedsmaaaht): What is something you never want to taste again? AB: Methadone
Q (Insomniacdoze): What kind of person were you in your twenties? What were your goals and do you think you would have ever imagined you'd be where you are now? AB: I was a complete asshole. Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known. I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house. Follow up from Oddfellow: No, he said what were you like in your twenties AB: snare drum!
Q (LeSandwiich): What would you say your best/worst experience was on drugs? AB: Combing the shag carpet for paint chips in the hope that they were fallen crack bits. Smoking them anyway.
Q (LumpyWideButt): My daughter reports the highlight of her CIA education was having you hand her a "No Reservations" condom out of the trunk of your convertible. Should I be proud or horrified? AB: They were defective! Follow up: (Sautespawn) That means horrified.
Q (Rockstar_from_mars): What do you think of Rick Steves? AB: I wish he'd remember to give me my bong back.
Q (mclane_94): Considering you and Ted Nugent are from pretty much opposite ends of the spectrum, what was it like to have him on your show? Did y'all joke around off camera. The episodes that he was in on "No Reservations" were probably my favorite. AB: I'm proud of the fact that I can be friends with someone with whom I disagree violently about absolutely everything.
Q (Chrisgalis85): Do you ever find yourself wishing you we're back in the kitchen, sweating over a range, working through a dinner rush? AB: Hell no! I had 30 years of that. I like farting through hotel sheets!
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