Anthony Bourdain wasn't a fan of plane food. To be fair, many chefs aren't, but there was something Bourdain enjoyed, in case it was a long flight.
The late chef famously explained to Travel + Leisure why he refused to eat plane food, and you should too:
"You're not digesting your food on the plane, which is why you feel like a horribly bloated beach ball when you get off. "
"The food can't possibly be that good. It can be edible at best, no matter how hard they try. The conditions that they're working in, there's not much they can do."
The food's taste changes
Bourdain explained that the chefs must work against modified senses of taste and smell to create something tasty. The process of freeze-drying and reheating the meals also messes with the taste.
"Every food tastes completely different than it does on the ground, so they have to make adjustments to it."
So what did he enjoy while on his travelings?
"Scotch on the rocks, they can't f**k that up."
"Maybe port and some cheese, if it's a really long flight."
Luckily for him, he didn't have to refuse to get served. Instead, Bourdain liked nothing more than sleeping while on the plane:
"As soon as I am on the plane, I am out. I smell jet fuel, and I feel a Pavlovian wave immediately."
Gordon Ramsey also refuses to eat on the plane, and he was even harsher in his explanation. The British chef said:
"I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food's been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board."
Who are we to argue with these culinary Gods? Instead, on our next flight, we'll go all Bourdain and enjoy some Johnny on the rocks!