Meet & Eat: Anthony Bourdain

Meet and Eat

Getting to know the folks behind the food and drinks you love.

Today marks the debut of our Q&A feature on Serious Eats. Each Friday we'll be asking various food lovers what makes them tick. Here, we're happy to have chef and author Anthony Bourdain kick off the series.

20070302bourdain.jpgName: Anthony Bourdain
Location: Last week, Patagonia. Next week, Singapore
Occupation: Hell if I know

What's your favorite comfort food? Roasted bone marrow with sea salt and toast. Or pho.

Guilty pleasure? Macaroni and cheese, Lynrd Skynrd's "Simple Man" (I'm SO ashamed!), Hell's Kitchen, Hong Kong gangster films, In-N-Out Burger,

Perfect meal? A bowl of pho in the street in Saigon.

What one food won't you eat? McDonald's.

Any food you haven't tried but would like to? That Sardinian cheese with the maggots in it. I assume it must be good if people get past the maggots.

Who's your favorite food person? Fergus Henderson. (Also: Martin Picard, Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, Jim Harrison. And dead guys: A. J. Liebling, M. F. K. Fisher, Ludwig Bemelmans.)

When did you realize you were a serious eater? When the Chinese and Singaporeans began to take me seriously.

What does your family think about your career? What does my family think? They're bemused—and happy I'm not in jail.

Favorite blog?
Michael Ruhlman's blog. Chez Pim. And I'm addicted to Regina Schrambling's embittered rants—they make me feel better about myself. I read Schrambling and feel, "Wow. I'm relatively HAPPY!"