What executive thought this would be a good idea?
It’s a battle of the high art of Anthony Bourdain’s world traveling and eating local, traditional cuisine and the low art of Andrew Zimmern's world traveling looking for “freaky” foods that slither down his throat.
Clearly I have a favorite mainly because I can’t shake the feeling when I watch Zimmern’s show that he’s a big, white American strolling through the culinary back woods on a dare; to give his viewers the voyeuristic thrill of watching him eat seemingly inedible local “bizarre” foods, half of which he says he can’t stomach.
To be fair they both do that. And they’re both chefs. And they’re both white, Americans and starkly different from the cultures and countries they visit. Maybe it’s just the title of Zimmern’s show that puts me off, “Bizzare Foods”; at best, it’s condescending to those cultures.
Anyway, I wonder who twisted Bourdain’s arm to do a show with a food co-host, he seems like a solo kinda guy.
It’s on Monday night. I’ll be taping the fireworks or the duds if it falls flat.