Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken and often hangry food personality, recently sat down with the Daily Beast to espouse all sorts of tasty nuggets relating to food-related trends. These include his feelings on food markets, Food Network chefs and his go-to eateries in the Big Apple.
When asked about the trend of gourmet food markets, particularly his own opening at the end of next year at Pier 57 on 15th Street off the Hudson, Bourdain says, “This is a concept that should work completely independent of anybody’s name. It’s something we should have had five, six years ago, ten years ago. Hong Kong has it. Singapore has it. Why don’t we have it? We’re an international city. We’re overdue.”
Another trend he is eager to dish on is the next batch of celeb food personalities being cooked up on the Food Network.
“Now, who will be the next [Guy] Fieri? I don’t know. Clearly, they’ve been trying to grow new ones in a petri dish over there [at Food Network], but they have been unsuccessful.”
One trend he finds easy to swallow is the changing face of high-end diners. “It’s not just the usual snowy haired investment bankers that were maybe eating there 10 years ago,” he reports. Bourdain explains now millennials want to eat at quality dining establishments, and are forgoing the idea of dinner and a movie and just going all in on the dinner.
“Now you go straight to dinner, you talk about the dinner you had last week and the dinner you’re going to have next week. Fuck the movie!”
Bourdain is eating up the trend of documenting one’s meals via Instagram because celebs, they are just like you.
“I go out to dinner a lot with large groups of chefs and every one of the sons of bitches pulls out their phones, and we’re all taking pictures and we’re all tweeting each other at the same table and commenting on each others [sic] Instagrams of the same plate.”
The main course of the interview got into Bourdain’s top go-to spots to chow down while in New York City, which include: Russ and Daughters, Mission Chinese Food, Osteria Morini and the obligatory Shake Shake visit. “I’m having a double cheeseburger naked, please. No lettuce. No tomato. No nothing. Just cheese and two burgers on a potato bun. I’ll have two of those and I’m happy. I’m singing America, fuck yeah!”