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inside dish on bourdain

People have been asking what Bourdain is like when I met him in Hawaii.  Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to meet him for the first time, not knowing what he would say or do.  After watching all his episodes, he does speak his mind and smokes and drinks a lot.  Imagine him saying, “who is this guy, Mike?  He thinks he knows Hawaii?  Maybe he’s just full of crock”…well I may be exaggerating.

Bourdain in HaleiwaBourdain in Haleiwa
Does he really smoke and drink that much?

Actually not anymore.  Yes, he’ll drink but he stopped smoking ever since his daughter, Ariane, was born.  I got a chance to meet his beautiful wife and newborn.  The family really seemed to be enjoying their time at The Kahala and in Hawaii.  The producers had warned me that he wanted to bring his wife and daughter on this production.  Apparently, he misses so much family time because he’s on the road so much throughout the year…shooting the No Reservations season, book signing, TV appearances, etc.  He had a horrible time in Jamaica…so horrible that the production was about to be halted so his family could return back to the States.   With all this said, it was a bit nerve-racking.  There was a lot on the line since I really wanted the Hawaii episode to be a success.

How is he in person?

Bourdain is the “what you see is what you get” type of guy.  He’s quite quiet at times and cracks a few jokes here and there.  He’s really intellectual and it shows in his books and his on-air commentary.  I’m not sure if it was the all around Aloha spirit, but the producers were saying that he was really open to a lot of things in Hawaii…more so than other destinations they’ve visited.  I had some opportunities to sit around and chat with him…he really seemed to appreciate everyone and everything.  I’ve really grown to appreciate him as a respected chef and celebrity.

If you have more questions about Bourdain, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer in my own prespective.  All in all, Bourdain is the kind of guy that sit down, have a beer, and just shoot the breeze.


3 Responses

  1. man, now i really regret not heading down to side street inn that night for the taping.

  2. Hey Mike. Did you happen to catch the episode when he was talking about how Food Network was going to air some of his old shows, A Cook’s Tour? Guess he wasn’t happy about it and said that news disrupted his enjoyment of Hawaii.


  3. Hey Carol,

    I think he mentioned it in his blog that he wrote while in Hawaii. I didn’t really notice a change of attitude when we were taking him around Hawaii. All in all, glad to know he had favorable things to say about Hawaii.


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