Good vs Evil: Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert By John Beck for The Press Democrat

When celebrity chef Eric Ripert first heard of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, the year was 2000. Ripert’s Manhattan restaurant Le Bernardin was still a hard table to land several years after a glowing four-star review in the New York Times.

“But everybody was talking about ‘Kitchen Confidential’ (Bourdain’s breakout book that was a gastronomic expose),” he remembers. “It was a sensation in the industry. Who was this guy? A lot of chefs were not happy about what he was writing.”

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