Well, it would appear that even celebrity chefs are capable of getting into it every now and then. "No Reservations" host and iconic celebrity chef and foodie Anthony Bourdain has been recently taking a bite out of fellow chef Paula Deen in the wake of her admission to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis she's had for at least a couple of years and has been keeping from the public. This isn't the first time that the infamously sharp-tongued Bourdain has taken a shot or two at the Food Network star. In the past he's criticized her recipes as being soaked in fat and sugar and lacking any real nutritional value.
In August of last year, Bourdain ripped into Deen with his trademark voracity. Bourdain called her "the worst, most dangerous person to America." If that moniker wasn't enough, he want on to say that "she revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is [expletive] bad for you."
In the days after Paula's revelation that she has type 2 diabetes, Bourdain tweeted simply, "@NoReservations: Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later." Though he chose to not to call out Deen by name, it doesn't take much deductive reasoning to figure out he was referring to Deen admitting she has diabetes while simultaneously promoting her new website and associated line of products, aimed at diabetics.
As lovable a personality as Ms. Deen has, here's the thing: Anthony Bourdain is absolutely correct in his observations. Sure, his words come off as overly-harsh. Yes, he is brash and can seem condescending, but when you take the bravado and chest-beating away, you're left with a very accurate criticism of Paula Deen's announcement.
At the very least the simultaneous announcement of her diagnosis and the plugging of her new "Diabetes in a New Light" website and product line just feels like a slickly-produced and packaged idea form a corporate marketing meeting. Further, Bourdain's point about the unhealthy nature of the food that Deen instructs viewers on how to prepare is also well-founded. After all, moderation is not something Deen has professed on any of her shows up to this point.
The sharp-tongued Bourdain's thrust seems to be that those that encourage the public to indulge in anything should hold some kind of responsibility and knowledge of what the effects of indulging really entails. Perhaps his message is a bit clouded by the tone of his words, but ultimately the question has to be answered as to whether or not celebrity chefs have a duty to their fans to be completely upfront about the nutritional value of the food they encourage and teach on their shows. With nation-wide obesity stats where they are, the answer to that question is a resounding "Yes."
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