Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Has a Dirty Kitchen
“Evidence of mice” in his upscale bistro.
On the mega-popular Food Channel show No Reservations, Chef Anthony Bourdain travels worldwide in search of good eats. But at least for now, he’d be better off taking a long, hard look at his own restaurant.
The bistro, Les Halles, was given a grade of B by New York City restaurant inspectors, according to the New York Post. Although B might not sound like such a bad grade, the inspectors found evidence of mice, problems with plumbing and food left unprotected near possible contaminants.
If that’s a B, we don’t even want to think about C. (OK, we’ll tell you just one: McSorley’s Ale House, one of Manhattan’s oldest bars, got a C for unprotected food, inadequately stored cold food, and smoking and drinking in the food-prep area. Oh, yeah, and evidence of roaches. Check, please!)
Eating unsafe food in a restaurant can cause a number of illnesses, some of them serious.
In his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential, an insider’s report on the “slugs and psychopaths” of the restaurant industry, Bourdain warned readers early on that they were going to read “horror stories” about “screwing in the dry-goods area[and] unappetizing industry-wide practices.”
Guess he wasn’t surprised by the inspection results. (New York Post)
Jane Farrell is a Senior Editor at BettyConfidential.