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Anthony Bourdain bids adieu to Travel Channel

Celeb chef promotes 'No Reservations' finale, talks trash, hangs out with 'The Wire' star

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Nov 1, 2012 2:00PM

'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' '/' Travel Channel

Celebrated gastronomist and explorer Anthony Bourdain has shot his show, "No Reservations," in 57 countries and entertained fans for eight seasons and 134 episodes.


So it's no wonder the Emmy-nominated chef is ready for a change. His new CNN and ABC shows debut next year. In the meantime, the last installment of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" airs Monday, Nov. 5, on the Travel Channel.


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To promote the series finale, the 56-year-old native New Yorker chatted up reporters during a recent teleconference in which he took verbal jabs at Adam Richman -- his soon-to-be former network co-worker -- and travel guru Rick Steves. He also teased some great guests, who will appear in the finale, which takes place in Brooklyn.


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When asked if him or Steves, of "Rick Steves' Europe," has the better job, Bourdain said he does.

'Rick Steves' Europe' '/' PBS


"Rick Steves has to be nice, and he has to wear mom jeans," Bourdain quipped. "Wouldn't it be great if Rick Steves got like completely hammered? I'd love to do a crossover show with him, get him all f---ed up and in trouble."


Bourdain was a little more kind to Richman, star of "Man v. Food." "He's a friend. I like Adam," the husband and father said of Richman. "I just, I feel bad. I worry for his health."


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Bourdain also compared "No Reservations" to "The Taste," the cooking competition show he will co-host with Nigella Lawson on ABC next year.


'Nigella Lawson' '/' ABC"'No Reservations' is a purely creative enterprise over which I have total and complete control," he said. "We don't really care whether people like it or not. We're just trying to make it as good as we can.


"'The Taste' is a big network competitive reality show with a lot of conventions that one must adhere to," he added. "That said, I had a really, really enjoyable time doing it. It was fun from the beginning to the end."


The rather tall bon vivant also said his CNN show will be a lot like "No Reservations" but with a better budget and travel infrastructure.


But that's the future. For now, Bourdain said he wants fans to enjoy the final installment of "No Reservations," which takes place in a part of New York he rarely visits, despite it being so close to where he lives.


As a part of the episode, Bourdain eats at the chef's table at Brooklyn's only three-star Michelin restaurant and hangs out with actor Michael K. Williams , aka Omar from "The Wire". There's even a "Wire" reunion of sorts when Jamie Hector aka Marlo unexpectedly shows up.

"I'm a huge fan of his work on 'The Wire' and a huge fan of that show in general," Bourdain said of Williams. "I work with David Simon on 'Treme' and I was aware Michael comes from Flatbush in Brooklyn. We're always looking for somebody from a particular area to talk about it and show me around.


"But it was also an opportunity to meet somebody I really look up to and admire. Has there ever been a cooler character on TV than Omar?"


"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations -- The Final Tour" airs Monday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Travel Channel.

Jan 4, 2013 12:02PM
Rick Steves backed I-502 in WA and was one of the main sponsors to legalize Marijuana. Now thats a cross over show I want to see!
Jan 4, 2013 6:07AM
Used to love him - before the second wife.  Once the earring and hair went, so did his 'coolness.' As for Rick Steves, his coming out of the closet is decades overdue.  Jeesht.
Nov 2, 2012 7:10AM
I meet him in Tulsa at a hotel bar a few years back.  A down to earth nice guy, and a hell of a story teller.  You people who talk about people you've never met are pathetic. 
Nov 2, 2012 4:28AM

fyi Bourdain quit smoking quite awhile ago...

and Rick Steves likes to drink wine, so maybe a crossover show would be fun to watch!

Nov 1, 2012 10:45PM
How anyone can chain smoke the way this "chef" does and pretend to be a gourmand or gourmet is a big joke perpetrated on his fans.  Science has proven conclusively that smoking severely dulls not only one's sense of taste, but also that of smell - which plays a huge part in one's sense of taste.
Nov 1, 2012 4:49PM
Wow. He is 56! I thought he was 70! He has turned into a grumpy old man. No fun to watch.
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