Anthony Bourdain's New Adventure

An afternoon with the world's most frank chef and critic.

This article is from Issue 57: May/June 2012

Anthony Bourdain is exactly what you’d expect.

In his private dressing room before his latest book tour appearance, Bourdain stands in the middle of the long, white space holding a nearly empty Red Stripe bottle. The room is mostly bare, save for a row of naked lightbulbs, a bucket of imported beers soaking in a bath of melting ice water, a potentially inebriated announcer pretending to sleep in the back of the room and, of course, Bourdain.