Mario Batali is one of the kinder, gentler souls in the world of celebrity chefs. With his orange ponytail and orange Crocs to match, the always-positive television personality usually dishes out his Italian cuisine with some hearty chuckles to brighten everyone’s mood. But on a recent episode of ABC’s The Chew, it seems Batali leaned into his darker side. Did he take a shot at both Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri in the same breath?
Bourdain dropped by the show to demonstrate a Budae Jjigae (Korean stew) recipe from his new book Appetites. The dish calls for an assortment of ingredients such as spam, hot dogs, kimchi, and ramen noodles to be combined in the same pot, where they’re cooked in broth. It’s an easy dish for most amateur chefs, but for Batali, it might be a little too easy.
“This is a dump-and-stir?” Batali asks incredulously. “Guy Fieri could make this dish!”
Bourdain, who has a long-running feud with the spiky-haired bowling shirt model, is obviously hurt by this assertion: “Oh, that’s so cruel, man, so cruel.”
Watch the video above for some saucy banter between Batali and Bourdain, and get some visual instruction on how to prepare Budae Jjigae.