PH episode of Bourdain’s No Reservations rake in highest rate
The Philippine episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations in 2009 raked in the highest rate as per the America’s most famous and well-loved celebrity chef himself.
This was revealed by Chef Claude Tayag in his column in Philippine Star.
In 2009, Claude, who is also an artist, restauranteur and food critic, appeared in Bourdain’s show called No Reservations.
Claude said that during his next encounter with Boudain in World Street Food Summit, Bourdain told him: “Do you know that the Philippine episode of No Reservations is the highest rated among my shows?”
During the summit, Claude said Bourdain explained his affinity with Filipinos and our cuisine.
“My daughter, like so many American children, has been raised by Filipinas, and her brother from another mother is a Filipino kid. She probably speaks more Tagalog than me. She eats regularly at Jollibee in New Jersey. She’s acquainted with sinigang and lechon. A 10-year-old kid who likes balut is a rare thing to find. She adores it,” Bourdain, as cited by Claude, said in the summit.
Claude also described how much Bourdain loved Pampanga’s sisig.
“It’s got everything I love about food — sizzling pork bits, with all that good, rubbery, fatty, crispy. And it goes wonderfully well with beer,” Bourdain earlier wrote in his blog.
“Sisig is the breakaway dish that catapulted Filipino cuisine to mainstream America, and it’s a must-have at the proposed Food Market in New York,” he added.