Earlier this year, I spoke to world-renowned food authority, bestselling author and multiple Emmy-winning television innovator Anthony Bourdain of CNN's Parts Unknown at the Cayman Cookout—the Food & Wine festival hosted by Chef Eric Ripert in the Cayman Islands. We discussed life lessons from traversing the world, the politics of food and the very timely news business. Here are some highlights.
On the success of CNN's Parts Unknown:
- Anthony Bourdain’s 6 Punishable-by-Death Sushi Don’ts
- Anthony Bourdain on His Ultra-Violent New Graphic Novel
- Anthony Bourdain Respects Gun-Country Cooks, Feeds His Daughter Lucky Charms
"I never, ever, ever think about that. That's the road to madness, egomania and mediocrity. When you start thinking about what people like, you start thinking about what people expect. Then you start pandering to people's expectations. Then you start talking about yourself in the third person. And then you end up overdosed in a hotel room. I learned very early on not to think about that. You go out there and do the best you can, and you do things that are interesting to you. Hopefully it will be interesting to other people. I don't want to be adequate. I'd rather fail gloriously making something strange, awesome but ultimately a failure."