The Tonight Show has long been a safe place for celebrities and notable people to appear, erring on the goofy and non-confrontational side of the comedy spectrum. Goofy and non-confrontational aren’t two words you’d likely associate with Anthony Bourdain, and yet with a slough of projects to promote, the Parts Unknown host found himself seated next to Jimmy Fallon and actress Sienna Miller in a “guess the gross ingredient” contest.
Fallon and his two guests were served a three-course dinner of mozzarella sticks, blackened sea bass, and a creamsicle and parfait combo for dessert. Each dish had a surprising secret addition, which they were tasked with identifying. Bourdain, who’s used to eating a broad spectrum of foods, ended up winning (as if that mattered to the segment) but only just, correctly identifying only a couple of the offending ingredients and looking truly miserable as he chewed his way through some horrific concoctions, as seen below:
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Bourdain was also promoting his new documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent which he produced and appears in. In the interview portion, he described Tower as “the first celebrity chef… the first glamorous chef, the first chef in America that customers wanted to see in the dining room.” Looking to put it delicately he added, “he was the first chef people wanted to sleep with.” He also credits Tower and his Stars restaurant with spearheading the idea of celebrating regional ingredients and cuisine.