Bad boy chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain said during a recent interview he was not interested in dining at the Trump Hotel in Washington, even at the invitation of President-elect Donald Trump.
“I’m not going. I’m not going,” he told Eaters Helen Rosner.
— Eater (@Eater) December 21, 2016
The comment came while discussing events that took place after well-known chef Jose Andres backed out on a deal to open the anchor restaurant in Trump’s D.C. hotel — Bourdain is not fond of Trump, having said during the campaign that he would “absolutely f**king not” have dinner with the GOP nominee.
Interestingly, when asked if he voted, Bourdain replied that he was no fan of the Clintons, “by a long shot,” before going off on a tangent about being from New York and how that makes him neighbors with Trump – he never got around to saying who he voted for.
In addition to not dining at Trump’s hotel, Bourdain said he had no interest in attending the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner.
“The White House Correspondents’ dinner — though I doubt there will be another,” he said. “Thank God, that’s an institution I’d like to see die for years.”
“If there’s one good thing to come out of the Trump administration,” Bourdain continued, “let it be that there will be no more White House Correspondents’ dinners. It reinforces all the world’s worst notions about the hideous, inside-the-beltway, all-in-it-together culture.”
And despite the shade thrown Trump’s way, there was some consistency in the chef’s stance.
“It brings honor to no one to have Kim Kardashian or Tara Reid sitting there next to a news anchor,” he said. “What is this all about? F**k that. If I’m gonna make fun of you today, I’m not accepting your food tomorrow. I had dinner with President Obama, but I paid. We were offered Air Force One, and I said, ‘There’s no way. No way.'”
Bourdain went on to suggest that Trump is not a “good person” because he “eats his steak well done!”
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