• the baking of a man

    March 8, 2010

    I’ve talked before about how not having a TV for over five years was one of the best moves I’ve ever made.  It also became a luxury I’d partake of when I was somewhere other than home – sort of like being a kid and playing with someone else’s toys. But having spent the past couple of months in the States with family has meant finding myself in front of the TV quite a bit (see previous post).

    Two of my favorites for completely opposite reasons: No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

    I read Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential while I was doing patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu five years ago, and I can’t help feeling – or rather, hoping – that Ramsay is a Bourdain in the making.  I mean at a level of real growth – where Ramsay is the starter or “mother,” and Bourdain is the whole sourdough.

    When I watch Bourdain, I see a softened man, and hence a stronger one.  I see a man who has taken a few beatings to the heart and soul and is constantly looking to discover all that is wonderful in his world.  Naturally, he does.  Ramsay, on the other hand is – pardon the pun – hell bent on finding everything that’s wrong.  And that’s exactly what happens.

    I know which one I’d like to dine with.  What about you?

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