If one asked people to give the first word that came to their mind when they thought of Paula Deen, we’re not sure if “dangerous” would had been high on list of adjectives. But that’s what Travel Channel’s celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain thinks of The Food Network’s Southern-belle chef, who he says is “dangerous to America.”
The No Reservations host, who is a staunch detractor of veganism (boo!) and never holds his opinions to himself, tells TV Guide that he feels Deen and her butter-laden Southern cuisine is “the worst, most dangerous person to America.”
Wow! That’s a strong accusation, usually reserved for politicians when they rationalize locking of drug-dealers. Most dangerous to America? Really?
According to E! News, Bourdain didn’t stop there:
“She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she’s proud of the fact that her food if f–king bad for you,” he said. “I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it is OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”
This is coming from the man who enjoys cigarettes, alcohol, and all kinds of exotic and borderline toxic foods, none of which is all that healthy. But this one-sided spat — there is no response as of yet from the Deen camp — seems like a very Northern/Southern Top Chef-esque battle.
It’s easy for Bourdain to criticize Deen during a obesity epidemic, considering most people are pointing the finger at American’s abuse of salt, sugar, and fat, but is it only the food that is hurting people — or is it the combination of several factors, such as lack of exercise, stress, and/or psychological factors.
Stay tuned to the next reality show coming to primetime: Top Chef – Cage Match Edition – Deen vs Bourdain … on location in Savannah, Georgia. Can’t Wait! *Bart Scott Voice*