Last Saturday, our blog's inspiration Anthony Bourdain was in Baltimore for a conversation with Chef Eric Ripert. There were about 2000 people gathered in Baltimore's Hippodrome theater to hear two chefs chatting, a testament to the growth of popularity of foodie culture.
Bourdain was as usual, funny and blunt, and the way he was constantly making Eric Ripert crack up on the sofa was really special. The way Ripert carried himself reminded me of Frank Booth's description of Ben in Blue Velvet, "F***in' suave!"
There were several great moments in the evening: the two chefs dissing Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, Ripert telling a dirty joke, the two of them dishing on Top Chef (calling Spike "reptilian" was just great), their discussion on who could hold their alcohol better (Ripert) and Bourdain encouraging Le Bernadin's chef to go try Baltimore Lake Trout.
Both men gushed about the importance of their families. Bourdain's image of himself in Sundays in his pyjamas watching Dora the Explorer with his daughter as a perfect moment shows he's mellowed in the last few years.