Anthony Bourdain is taking his razor-sharp wit, observation skills and loose tongue on tour this fall, and the closest he's getting to Columbus is Dayton. Road trip! Tickets are still available to see Bourdain at the Schuster Center the evening of Nov. 18. The tour is making just 12 stops.
The "Guts & Glory" show is about an hour long and promises, "candid, and often hysterical, insights about his life's work and travels." He'll entertain questions from the audience at the end.
Bourdain was a talented (and foul-mouthed) New York City chef before his "Kitchen Confidential" memoir was published in 2000; then he became a cultural darling. He was one of the first chefs to wirte about chef culture for the masses - no one much cared to hear about kitchen drudgery until Bourdain made it seem (almost) sexy in his books. Lots of acclaim, more books and a lot of media attention followed.
Bourdain has blossomed into a full-fledged celebrity (he's heading to CNN soon to make a show about cuisine and culture there), but he remains a cook's cook and a man's man. He has a legitimacy lacking in too many food celebrities - or maybe it's just not embraced by enough of them. Bourdain continues to wear his kitchen credentials proudly on his sleeve. He might be slower than he once was -- as he demonstrated on the episode of "No Reservations" that took him back to Les Halles, where he was executive chef -- but he can still churn out 100 covers at the grill in a hell-hole kitchen if called upon.
In short, an evening with Bourdain is going to be an entertaining one; seize the opportunity while you can.