Guy Fieri made it clear that he’s done absorbing insult after insult from prominent Food Network critic Anthony Bourdain–and he did so in an uncharacteristically restrained fashion. Fieri addressed the Parts Unknown host’s ongoing beef in a new interview, saying, among other things, that Bourdain “has issues.”
First, though, a bit of background. Anthony Bourdain has had it out for Guy Fieri for some time; over the years, he’s insulted the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host’s culinary approach and loud outfits. And, of course, Fieri’s hair. Most recently, Bourdain addressed-slash-attacked Guy Fieri during a Q&A at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre this past August, saying “I sort of feel in a heartfelt way for Guy. I wonder about him. He’s 52 years-old and still rolling around in the flame outfit….What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”
Bourdain’s comments were part of a longer, free-wheeling attack on Food Network in general; of Ina Garden, Bourdain said “I love [her]. She’s one of the few people on the Food Network who can actually cook.”
Guy Fieri took the opportunity to respond to Bourdain during a new interview with GQ, in which Fieri promoted his forthcoming $75 bottle of “bomb-a**” pinot noir. What does Guy think of Bourdain’s endless comments? “It’s actually disappointing,” he told the magazine.
Fieri continued thusly:
I don’t like him making fun of people, and I don’t like him talking sh*t. And he’s never talked sh*t to my face. I know he’s definitely gotta have issues, ’cos the average person doesn’t behave that way. It’s not that I’m not open to the reality that the food world was like this from a few people’s perspective. It’s just, ‘What are you doing? What is your instigation? You have nothing else to f*cking worry about than if I have bleached hair or not?’ I mean, f*ck.
Fieri’s comments are the strongest in response to Bourdain since Alton Brown called him out in the wake of the Fox Theatre incident, asking “When was the last time you saw [Bourdain] actually cook something?”
Bourdain has yet to comment.
(Photo credits: Guy Fieri, Anthony Bourdain via Facebook)