Anthony Bourdain brought his "Guts and Glory" tour to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday night. In typical Bourdain fashion, he began his performance with a round of shots.
"Guts and Glory" is essentially stand-up comedy about Bourdain's personal relationship with food, his experiences traveling the globe and his opinion of fellow celebrity chefs -- most notably Guy Fieri.
With the birth of his daughter, Bourdain said he's shifted his appearance to be more age appropriate. "I'm in my Cosby phase now," said Bourdain. But he said he worries about Fieri, who is approaching 50 years old.
"How does he de-douche?" Bourdain asked about Fieri's signature style, which he described, in graphic terms, as a meeting of Ed Hardy and a juggalo.
"Does he do it all at once?" Bourdain said. "Or does he do it gradually over time? The hair grows out, he starts spelling 'kool' with a 'C.' Do the glasses on his neck finally, slowly, start to move forward?"
"He just got the worst review in the history of journalism," said Bourdain, referring to New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells' savage review of Fieri's new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. "But you know what?" Bourdain said. "It matters not at all. This poor reviewer, Pete Wells, he's on the run. He's getting bombarded with elitist 'How dare you insult Guy?' You know what, it's Guy's world… I'm just living in it."
Bourdain said he shouldn't worry about Fieri -- people love Fieri -- he should worry about himself. But based on the audience's response Saturday night, his fans think Bourdain doesn't have much to worry about.
Bourdain had the crowd laughing with a variety of stories about food, travel, his personal experiences, family -- there was something for everyone, even in the diverse crowd.
Bourdain was also asked about his history with Baltimore.
"OK, let's talk about that," said Bourdain.
Bourdain defended, as he had at his 2010 Hippodrome appearance, the Baltimore episode of "No Reservations," which some viewers thought painted an unflattering portrait of Baltimore and its culinary standards.
"I love Baltimore. I don't love it for the reasons you want me to love Baltimore. I happen to love Baltimore because David Simon taught me to love Baltimore," Bourdain said.
In the Baltimore episode of "No Reservations," Bourdain eats lake trout -- not the typical Maryland crab cake. Bourdain was unapologetic, "I happen to like lake trout, what ... is wrong with you people who don't like lake trout?"
Bourdain said it's not his job to show the best restaurants or the top 10 things about Baltimore.
"We don't even try to be fair and balanced," he said. "If you want that ... you can mosey on over to Samantha Brown."
His goal, Bourdain said, is to find out what each city has that you can't find anywhere else.
"I'm sorry some of you didn't like it. Yes, it wasn't fair. Yes, it wasn't a good representation. Yeah, all of those things are true, but you know, I had a really great time and I'd do it again."
Bailey O'Malia is a Features Intern at the Baltimore Sun.
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