Last night Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain was a guest host on Piers Morgan Live. In the course of the show, Bourdain spoke with The Wire creator David Simon, New York Times columnist David Carr, and chefs Mario Batali and Eric Ripert. Bourdain also interviewed pastry chef Dominique Ansel, and did a taste test with the audience of Ansel's mania-inducing Cronuts and his popular DKA pastry.
With Ripert and Batali, Bourdain discusses the practice of tipping and the bad restaurant behavior of pop star Justin Bieber. On the subject of bad service, Batali says "I don't get bad service anywhere," crediting that to a positive attitude and not to the fact the he is one of the most famous and recognizable chefs in the country.
He takes a harsher view of Justin Bieber who caused a stir by peeing into a nightclub's mop bucket in a video that went viral on the internet. Asked if Bieber had done this in his restaurant, Batali replies "I would have brutally kicked his ass" while Ripert adds "I'd grab him by the ear."
Batali and Ripert eating Cronuts. [Photo: @Bourdain]
In his interview with Dominique Ansel, Bourdain is clearly impressed by the Cronut: "Oh God, it's good. Oh God, it's really good." In response to why he hasn't scaled up Cronut production (a common question), Ansel replies that they already have: "We are small bakery. We just launched the Cronuts about eight to nine weeks ago. We've been increasing the production by a lot since we started. When we first started we made 50, then 75, then 100. Now we have 200, 300 a day." Bourdain suggests that Ansel's headstone will read "Creator of the Cronut."
David Simon and David Carr spoke with Bourdain about drug addiction and national security. On his blog, Simon suggests that both he and Carr only agreed to be on the show because Bourdain promised them Cronuts. According to Simon, after their segment completed, a CNN staffer told them there were no Cronuts left for them. Simon writes: "Mr. Carr, however, relentless Timesman that he is, puts up the good fight: 'My agent negotiated a cronut. I say this with all sincerity: I am here for the cronut.'" With that, the staff was able to bring them a quarter of a Cronut. Simon calls out Bourdain: "Tony Bourdain, you lying sonofabitch, you owe me a motherfucking cronut." Bourdain blames the Piers Morgan staff on Twitter, but also tweets an amazing picture of Batali and Ripert eating Cronuts (above) so it all seems terribly unfair. Videos from the show are below, go watch:
Video: Batali: I don't get bad service anywhere
Video: Mario Batali: I'd have kicked Bieber's...
Video: The "Cronut" vs. the "DKA"
Anthony Bourdain and Jason Kurtz on the "Cool" Factor That Comes With Being a Chef
· Batali: I don't get bad service anywhere [CNN]
· The "Cronut" vs. the "DKA" [YouTube]
· Betrayal, thy name is Bourdain. [David Simon]
· All Anthony Bourdain Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Cronut Coverage on Eater [-E-]