The late celebrity chef and television documentarian Anthony Bourdain takes viewers through the cuisines and cultures of the world in his various travel series, which include Unknown part, a chef’s visit, And no reservations.
Bourdain revealed that . in an episode of no reservations, filmed in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, had an event that began with the purest motives but ended in complete chaos.
Bourdain on his ‘happiest’ moments during filming
He explained that while Bourdain was able to experience often overlooked sides of a country, its people and food, he explained population In his last interview in 2018 that he was most satisfied during his downtime from filming.
“My happiest moments on the road are always off-camera, usually with my crew, coming back from shooting a scene and finding myself in such absurdly beautiful moments, you know, those Lying on a flatbed on things that go on railroad tracks, with a putt-putt motor, running ‘like, with headphones on rice paddies in Cambodia… This There is luxury because I could never have imagined the freedom or the ability to find myself in such a place looking at such things,” the host said.
The late chef said the episode filmed in Haiti raised difficult questions with no easy answers
In a 2016 interview Television Academy Foundation, Bourdain opened up about filming no reservations Witnessing the distressing poverty of the local people at the same time struggling with the tension between being in Haiti and producing a good show.
“We are well aware of the fact that we are often shooting in countries that are very poor,” Bourdain said. “Where stand a lot of people who haven’t worked in many years, who are really, really hungry and our cameras alone represent a lot more wealth than they can imagine.”
Bourdain was conscious, he said, of inequality: There he was, “shoveling food in my face” in front of hungry people who would never be able to afford such a luxury. On top of that, he said, there is a potential for resentment and jealousy from locals towards the owner of the restaurant or eatery that is the subject of Bourdain’s clause.
“The person who is feeding you, obviously you remunerate them for their efforts, for their food, for their labor,” he said. “But what about the people who are standing there, who are hungry? I think the immediate human inclination when you see hungry kids is, ‘I’ll feed those kids.’ I finished my soup and I said, ‘Okay, let’s buy a place, we’ll feed all these kids.’ That’s what we did in Haiti.”
Bourdain’s desire to help backfired
Unfortunately, what started out as a kind gesture, he recalled, turned into a free-for-all.
“Things immediately spiraled out of control,” said the television personality. “The older children drove the younger ones out of the way; The elders who were hungry come and drive the older children out of the way. And pretty soon, you’ll have a riot. “
Before long, officers arrived, Bourdain said, leading to “beating the kids with sticks.” The author and chef acknowledged that his “simple, silly, naive desire to take care of the immediate problem, the starving children, the unintended and very ugly consequences, led to a complete breakdown.”
NS kitchen secret The author said that he and his crew did their best to tour global locations “slipping through places, doing no damage, leaving as light or as no footprints. We can correct You try, you learn with time. But there’s something destructive about the camera.”
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