Anthony Bourdain has made a name for himself not only with his cooking skills but also with his adventurousness and sharp wit. The chef has starred in a number of highly successful TV series, most of which involve him traveling the world and trying unique foods alongside locals.
Recently, Bourdain has been on a speaking tour called “The Hunger.” During a stop in San Francisco things took an awkward turn during Bourdain’s monologue when an animal rights activist approached the stage at the War Memorial Opera House. The woman loudly began to heckle Bourdain about eating dog meat. Bourdain, ever the professional, let the woman air her grievances as the crowd around her booed.
But once she was done speaking, Bourdain let some zingers of his own fly.
“I like dogs. But how much worse can they be than, like, kale?” Bourdain asked. “20 more seconds of this I’m going out and shooting a puppy in the fucking head.”
The crowd enthusiastically cheered at Bourdain’s response.
“It’s so good to be back in San Francisco!” Bourdain continued. “Would you be kind enough now to fuck off?”
When TMZ caught up with Bourdain the following day, he clarified that he has never, ever eaten dog meat.
“I was rudely interrupted at my performance last night mid-dick joke by an earnest, very nice, but rather strident advocate for animal rights,” he said. “Her concern had something to do with dog meat, I gather. And as I pointed out to her, I’ve never eaten dog meat. I have no plans to do so. I like dogs. But after three minutes of her haranguing, I may or may not have threatened to run out and get myself a puppy smoothy.”
(h/t First We Feast)