Insulting dishes and criticizing fellow chefs was part of Bourdain's uninhibited and yet charming personality. The man loved adventure as much as he loved trying out new foods and drinks.
Therefore, he had tons of opportunities to critique many types of foods and drinks. Here is a selection of some of the foods and drinks Bourdain insulted.
1. Ranch Dressing
Ben Adler once said that "Ranch dressing is what's wrong with America," and Bourdain's opinion of this popular food was not that much different. First of all, he didn't think adding ranch to anything made it better.
He went on to admit that he didn't particularly understand this flavor and that he might like it in certain circumstances, assuming there was no one watching.
2. Extra-Hot Fried Chicken
At one time, Bourdain decided to do a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" challenge. In the process, he was asked about extra-hot fried chicken, and he claimed not to understand it.
In particular, he recalled trying "Nashville Hot Chicken" which had plenty of cayenne pepper. He advised:
"Unless you've got three or four days to spend in a bathroom, I really advise against that."
If that's not an insult to this dish, then nothing is.
3. Truffle Oil
Truffle oil, ironically, does not come from truffles, and Bourdain never cared for the taste. He said that truffle oil was "about as edible as Astroglide and made from the same stuff."
4. Craft Beer
In Parts Unknown, Bourdain explained that beer nerds weren't too thrilled about his love for cold beer that's available everywhere.
He admitted that the effort to go looking for microbreweries had never appealed to him, which was clearly an insult to craft beer fans the world over.
5. Bacon On Everything
There was a time people thought adding bacon to everything was the way to go. People would put it on burgers and even ice cream.
Bourdain thought all this was an attempt to "over-jack" the food.
6. Chicken Caesar
Chicken Caesar appears on Bourdain's list of Crimes Against Food. This dish consists of chicken served over Caesar salad.
According to Bourdain, "God does not want you to put chicken on your Caesar."
7. House-Made Ketchup
Bourdain does not care for the ketchup restaurants make. He says even if you find the restaurant with the best house-made ketchup, it will just be as good as the "same cheap ass ketchup you always had."
8. Well-Done Steak
After the world learned that Trump likes a well-done steak with ketchup, Bourdain said he was hurt:
"It hurts me. I think that's a window into his soul. Anyone who's that indifferent to food is problematic for me."
9. Home Fries
When it came to fries, Bourdain described them as the smell of failure. He said that most of the fries he had had in diners are not good, cooked properly, or even crisp.
He even wonders why they have to be added to the breakfast menu.