The Chew's Michael Symon Responds to Anthony Bourdain

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Michael Symon just wants to cook for America
In an interview with Mercury News, Anthony Bourdain was asked what he thought about The Chew, the ABC foodcentric daytime talk show.

Bourdain said, "(Heavy sigh) I'm really shaken. Honestly, I don't know what to believe anymore. Mario Batali is a better chef than I am, a better businessman. And Michael Symon! I can't tell you how much I like and respect those guys. They're the smartest, funniest, best since Julia Child. They had to know what they were getting into. I'm not trying to be funny or snarky -- I'm really shaken. I feel like I've left the mountains, and found all my comrades had joined the Interior Ministry. The whole world has tilted in a way I don't understand. I feel like I'm a million years old and very naive. I just don't know who the fool is. I suspect it's me."

Thing of it is, Bourdain was just telling the truth this time around - no rabble rousing..no feather puffing...just straight up honest confusion as to why two of America's best chefs would want to take on daytime television.

As if reading our minds, Michael Symon replied to Tony on The Chew. Starting with, "Speaking of Prosciutto...", Symon says, A ham friend of ours, Anthony Bourdain took a swing at us." 

Symon then goes on to say that he's on The Chew because he simply wants to cook delicious food for America...Batali, however, chose to remain mute (wise choice). Here's the response:

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9 comments
Lottie33
Lottie33

Is washing your hands after you handle any kind of raw me discuss?

Christinaperez
Christinaperez

I have to admit that I was very upset whe "The Chew" took over AMC's place. But Micheal Simon is great and he makes the show!

freakerdude
freakerdude

Also, ditch Oz's daughter, the homosexual, and that other lady. They add nothing to the show but boredom.

freakerdude
freakerdude

Take one bite of the Chew and you too will throw up a bit in your mouth.

Ljn344
Ljn344

Hmmmm....isn't Anthony Bourdain on TV????? What's the difference?

Amysweet
Amysweet

get a life freakerdude!  I really like the show and think they have great recipes and fun people to watch!  And, I love Clinton Kelley!  He cracks me up and is a great part of the show!  I love the show and hope it does great in ratings!

Darren F. Gideon
Darren F. Gideon

I don't think Bordain was making a comment that they shouldn't do TV. He and they already do it and Symon and Batali have some great other shows. What he was commenting about, and I agree, is that the Chew really is not a good show and that format / producers are wasting the talent of two really good Chefs and TV personalities.

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