||Chef Bourdain Says McDonald's Is Scary
Fri Oct 17, 2:26 PM ET
TAIPEI, Taiwan - American celebrity chef, writer and TV star Anthony Bourdain likes to dig into such exotic dishes as live beating cobra hearts in Vietnam and boiled iguana in Mexico.
But the author of the best-selling book "Kitchen Confidential" told Taiwan's CTI cable news that he thinks the scariest food is served up daily at McDonald's.
"What could be more frightening than walking into a McDonald's and looking at a Chicken McNugget. What the hell is a Chicken McNugget?" the New York chef said in a CTI interview that aired Friday.
Later in the interview, Bourdain thought of another scary dining experience: "Walking into Planet Hollywood and seeing Bruce Willis underwear hanging over your plate. I mean that to me is the most disturbing and frightening."
Bourdain also lamented that American fast-food chains seemed to be ubiquitous worldwide.
"When I go to a tiny little town in Morocco in the middle of nowhere and there's a damn KFC or a Planet Hollywood or a Hard Rock Cafe, that to me is the most frightening and disturbing," he said.
Bourdain, the executive chef at New York's Les Halles restaurants, was in Taiwan this week promoting his TV series and companion book, "A Chef's Tour." The program, shown on Taiwanese cable television, features Bourdain's journeys to exotic places to sample local cuisine.