Anthony Bourdain's Top 5 Biggest Fears

anthony bourdain’s top 5 biggest fears

A world-known traveler, chef, columnist, and one of the most beloved celebrities shared his list of "scariest s**t" on the app List.

You'd think that Bourdain was fearless, considering that his life was always on the road, in foreign countries, many not looking forward to the visitors from the West.

The app List was made by an actor and writer, B.J. Novak. Bourdain used it to share his worst fears, plus something extra, things that aren't as scary, but he wasn't a fan, like ukuleles.

Here are all the biggest fears of the late chef:


We're not sure what to make of it, but the European country was among the scariest things in Bourdain's life.

He wrote that he lives "with a persistent dread of alpine vistas, chalet architecture, Tyrolean hats, and even cheese with holes in it."


As the late chef wrote:

"Like anything shameful, I prefer to do it in private."

That being said, it's a shame that someone so passionate about music was scared of sharing his voice with the world. In a karaoke bar.


We get this, as many adults are scared of clowns. Bourdain described them as "sinister figures," and it's not as farfetched as his fear of Switzerland.


According to Bourdain, mimes were pure evil. He wrote:

"Like cats, when entering a space, they gravitate towards the one person who fears them.

We're not afraid of mimes, and we're not sure how common that fear is, but hey, it's still not as bad as being afraid of a whole country.


He ate snakes, insects, but rats were where Bourdain drew the line. The famed chef was vocal about his fear of the rats, stating:

Maybe it's my years in the restaurant business, but the appearance of a rat was always the beginning of the end."

Polka and The Real Housewives on Bourdain's scare list

The author, chef, and TV personality added some weird stuff on his list, as well as some common fears.

Bourdain's fear of golfers still puzzles us. But wait, there's more. He wrote:

"Polka music, ukuleles, neckbeards with banjos, golf clothes—in fact, golfers in general, The Real Housewives of Anywhere (their glassy gazes, surgical addictions and single-minded hunger for attention are a clear and present danger to anyone in their trajectories), pressure cookers, and Nashville Hot Chicken (the extra hot version)."

While you're trying to grasp what makes one be scared of the Real Housewives or Swiss Alps, check out this video. It's Anthony in full glory, eating and talking about his favorite fast food restaurant in Los Angeles.