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Bourdain gets roasted by Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri

By J.M. Hirsch

AP Food Editor

LAST UPDATED: 11:36 a.m. HST, Oct 12, 2012

NEW YORK » It's comeuppance time for time for Anthony Bourdain. And by his tally, he deserves his lickings.

Bourdain may have earned his culinary fame eating his way around the globe, but he built his bad boy persona in part with searing assessments of fellow celebrity chefs.

And on Thursday evening, they shot back during a raunch-laden comedy roast of Bourdain held at the start of the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

"I figured I would actually have the easiest time of anyone," said Food Network star — and longtime victim of Bourdain's verbal lashings — Rachael Ray. "I don't have to write jokes. I don't have to write insults. If you ask the man of the hour in the hot seat, my mere existence is clearly insult enough."

Bourdain shot to culinary fame with his 2000 memoir, "Kitchen Confidential," a brash and blunt account of his early — and drug-soaked — days in the food world.

The book led to a Food Network show of his own, but before long he turned his razor wit on the celebrity food industry, taking particular aim at non-chef food celebrities such as Ray.

Ted Allen, host of Food Network's "Chopped," called him a "ex-chef, ex-junkie who's made a fortune insulting his ex-industry."

Before the start of the festivities — or perhaps hostilities — Bourdain reflected on his history of tirades against Ray, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and other food television stars.

"I've always felt that if you're a public figure and I'm making fun of you and your work on television, at all times it is perfectly appropriate for you to give it back to me," he said "Well, we've set an official appointment for that."

Fieri, who pushed a wig of spiked white hair similar to his own onto Bourdain's head during his presentation, suggested this was a big night for his rival.

"You're not used to having a large group of people actually pay attention to your work," he said.

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane poked fun at the tell-all nature of Bourdain's book, saying he clearly didn't understand what "confidential" meant.

"Truth be told, you're a pretty amazing guy. You're a husband, a father, a recovering drug addict, he stars in multiple TV shows, he's traveled the world, he's written multiple best sellers," she said. "Anthony, is there anything you can't do? I mean, besides cook?"

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koolau wrote:
Bourdain is one of my favorite personalities. He can be a jerk at times, but much more often very observant and deeply compassionate when visiting domestic and foreign locations on his "No Reservations" programs. He states exactly as he observes and in most cases, with sensitivity and respect to the people and lifestyles he visits. The fact that he'll allow himself to be roasted testifies to the fact that he's not egotistical but one who says it as he sees it, and more often than not with humility that can be seen under his rough NY City personna.
on October 12,2012 | 04:50AM
mokebla wrote:
Back at you A/B, :-)
on October 12,2012 | 05:47AM
kennie1933 wrote:
I love all their shows. Sad to see Bourdain's show end, but best wishes on his new endeavor.
on October 12,2012 | 07:29AM
cojef wrote:
Loved his la-back style. At first never suspected he was a recovering drug addict, but a while, it shows, and may account for his lay-back ways? Anyway, watched his show for years, and enjoyed them.
on October 12,2012 | 10:30AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
One more reason not to watch CNN, when they hire Anthony Bourdain. His smart-a**, know-it-all, "professional bad boy" persona wears mighty thin mighyt fast. As for the Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern rocks--travels the world, knows food, is positive and upbeat, and doesn't spend any time on his show putting down people.
on October 12,2012 | 11:55AM
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