Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri couldn’t have been more different as far as chef styles are concerned. In fact, the chefs hated each other for most of their careers. But when Bourdain passed away, Fieri’s reaction wasn’t what a lot of fans expected. And fans weren’t shy about giving their opinions. Read on to learn more about the feud, plus see fan’s responses to Fieri’s reaction on pages 6 and 7.
Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri had a feud that went back several years
The feud got its start when Bourdain made a comment in 2008 about Fieri looking like he was something out of The Simpsons. Fieri did not immediately clap back. Actually, although Bourdain’s first insult came in 2008, it wasn’t until 2012 that Fieri finally opened up about Bourdain’s comments. And from that point forward, it was officially a celebrity chef feud.
Next: Bourdain fired shots at Fieri several times through the years.
Bourdain had insulted Fieri on several occasions
Bourdain was known for making remarks about other chefs. He had insulted celebrity chefs such as Rachael Ray, Paula Dean, and plenty more. But his comments about Fieri stuck with both his and Fieri’s fans. Along with his The Simpsons comment, Bourdain also commented on Fieri’s television shows and restaurants. According to Thrillist, Bourdain was once quoted saying, “I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, ‘Jesus, I’m glad that’s not me.’”
Next: Fieri acknowledged Bourdain’s comments in a clever way.
In 2012, Fieri finally acknowledged Bourdain’s comments toward him
- Fieri used backhanded insults to respond to Bourdain’s comments.
Several years after Bourdain’s first comment, Fieri was asked why he never responds or reacts to Bourdain’s words. According to Thrillist, in 2012, Fieri said, “I want everyone to understand that I’m going to be the bigger man. I’m going to take the high road.” Fieri also said that others have had choice words for Bourdain, calling him a no-good, loud-mouth, wannabe authority, and that he doesn’t need to say any more than what others have said. (It was a bit of a backhanded insult.) Fieri also told GQ he believed Bourdain “had issues” and said the average person does not behave that way.
Next: Bourdain and Fieri’s feud stems from their complete opposite nature.
They were considered the yin and yang of the celebrity chef world
Perhaps the reason Bourdain and Fieri feuded for so many years is because they were absolutely opposite — even labeled the yin and yang of the food world by some. Bourdain was a polished, worldly chef, while Fieri was the no-frills, eat-whatever-you-put-in-front-of-him type of chef. And Bourdain was never shy about questioning Fieri’s credibility. But although the two chefs butted heads, they built individual empires that envied one another: Bourdain was an international world traveler, while Fieri traveled within the U.S., sampling dishes from some of the best chefs across the country.
Next: Many chefs paid tribute to Bourdain when he passed.
When Bourdain took his own life, chefs rushed to say fond words and mourn the star
When CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death, chefs from all over recalled the impact Bourdain made on the food industry. Lines such as, “So many of us cook because of him,” and “A lot of people work in this industry because of him,” gave a bit of insight into how influential Bourdain actually was. Chefs praised Bourdain for his deep dive into the industry to expose all of the secrets chefs only wish they could have told. Plus, he unified people through food.
Next: But Fieri’s reaction had some angered and confused.
Fieri made no comments at all about the death
- Twitter users replied to Fieri’s lack of a comment in various ways.
But one chef who did not mourn the loss of Bourdain was Fieri. When the icon’s death was announced, Fieri had just tweeted about being on a family trip to Yellowstone. But right after Bourdain’s death, there was silence on Fieri’s Twitter. Finally, the “Flavortown” chef sent out another tweet — and it had nothing to do with Bourdain. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host had gone completely silent about the chef’s death. And it prompted interesting responses from some of Fieri’s followers. One tweet simply read, “Haven’t heard your comment on the death of Anthony?” while another read, “Silence is also a form of response. Duly noted.”
Next: But some social media users think it’s what Bourdain would have wanted.
Some social media users suggested Fieri’s silence is what Bourdain would have wanted
While some people took Fieri’s silence in a negative way, others suggested it’s what Bourdain would have preferred. The feud mostly went one way: Bourdain threw plenty of insults, and Fieri responded sparingly. It appears Bourdain had nothing but sour thoughts about the bleach-blonde chef, and some think Fieri not showing an outpouring of love is because that’s how Bourdain would have wanted it. But whether Fieri’s silence speaks volumes about his own opinions is something he likely won’t disclose.
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