Anthony Bourdain, David Chang Discuss Food and Faults In NYC

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bourdain chang NYC 09Last night, a crowd of foodie enthusiasts gathered at the New York City Wine & Food Festival to hear the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain and Momofuku chef David Chang lead a hilarious discussion on all things "BS" about the culinary industry.

Chang began by laughing off his and Bourdain's status, saying they are "overrated" -- which Chang personally attributes to his unconventionally quick rise to stardom. Bourdain agreed by asking, "In what way am I cool?"

The duo then moved into a celebrity chef "roast," picking on the styles of Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and Alice Waters.

“Gourmet magazine just folded, but Everyday with Rachael Ray is doing fantastic. Is this a sign of the apocalypse??” said Bourdain.

Taking a more serious tone, both Bourdain and Chang noted the problems they saw in New York, and in the industry as a whole. They agreed that it's imperative to start one's chef career before the age of 30 nowadays. Otherwise, it's too old -- like a "grandpa," in fact.

Chang said that New York City has a long ways to go, even with its improved restaurateur success over the past several years. “We’re not nurturing young talent. We’re still a steak and hamburger town.” He would like to see an increased variety of ethnic restaurants, especially those that serve Mexican food.

Bourdain responded to an audience question regarding what chefs do when they go into another restaurant: how do they decide what to eat?  He replied, "Most chefs go into a restaurant and say, 'What are you good at? Give it to me.' Eating should be submissive and non-intellectual."

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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