On Stage at TAMUK, Bourdain Criticizes Mainstream Food

On Stage at TAMUK, Bourdain Criticizes Mainstream Food

Anthony Bourdain’s Guts and Glory tour should be called Criticisms and Misadventures because that is what the two-hour show basically was when Bourdain stopped by Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wednesday, Nov. 7.

After having the audience wait in suspense for over five minutes while two rock songs blasted through Jones Auditorium, Bourdain stepped out from behind the curtains, where he had been standing the whole time, and immediately began his rant on Mrs. Butter herself, Paula Dean.

Dean wasn’t the only food personality that Bourdain criticized that night, either. After thoroughly voicing his opinion on Dean, her diabetes and various fatty food concoctions, Bourdain brought up Man vs. Food, a fellow Travel Channel show, and Guy Fieri, who is on the Food Network Channel, by mocking their show’s format of traveling around looking for the fattiest foods the world has to offer.

Bourdain’s criticism of his competition made him sound like a pretentious you-know-what, but even he agreed he sounded a bit hypocritical given his controversial past. But it did make for good, adult humor.

Given that description of “adult humor,” should have been taken into account before Bourdain stepped on stage and had a show filled with f-bombs, Ron Jeremy references, and the occasional clip of him using recreational drugs on his television show.

Yes, it was all in good, adult, crude humor, but there were several children in the audience.

During the Question and Answer portion a little girl went up with her mother and Bourdain expressed his surprise by apologizing, in a way, that he didn’t know children were in attendance. I don’t think it would have made a difference either way, given that Bourdain’s show wouldn’t have been anything without his stories of marijuana use in Amsterdam, or a 16 year-old soliciting one of his crewmembers while on location in Russia.

Bourdan, however, was able to relay stories of his worldly travels and the foods he has consumed over the years that chain restaurants like Olive Garden and P.F. Chang’s could never emulate, Bourdain said.

Continuing his criticisms, Bourdain took jabs at the aforementioned restaurants and the “King, Clown, and the Colonel,” as he put it. Bourdain expressed his distaste for fast food giant McDonald’s, and offered tactics to keep children away from forming a habit of eating unhealthy. One of the tactics he suggested was to frame Ronald McDonald for the disappearance of small children; scare-tactics were key.

Again, Bourdain’s show was filled with criticisms and stories of falling off four-wheelers, dining on the undesirable parts of various animals, and being the “freaky American” in countries around the world.

All in all, Bourdain’s show was funny, and entertaining, though harsh at times, but he kept the entire auditorium’s undivided attention throughout the two hours.