Paula Deen, who is famous for her down-home cooking and comfort food recipes, may be a well-mannered southern woman — but she isn’t taking any insults sitting down! It all started when No Reservations star Anthony Bourdain dissed Deen, saying her cooking was “expletive bad for you” and giving her the label of the “most dangerous person to America.” Ouch!
Sure, most of her recipes start with two sticks of butter (or, as she says it, “buttah”), but his words did seem a bit harsh.
“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life,” Deen tells New York Post’s Page Six.
Bourdain not only dissed Deen in the now infamous TV Guide interview, but also Rachel Ray (“Does she even cook anymore? To her credit, she never said she was good at it”), Sandra Lee (I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly) and Guy Fieri (I look at Guy and I just think, ‘Jesus, I’m glad that’s not me.’ “)
Deen defends her fellow Food Network friends, saying: “You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s. But it’s another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”
Deen also went on to say that she and her fellow Food Network stars do a lot for charity. “I have no idea what Anthony has done to contribute besides being irritable.”
She also blasted Bourdain for his high-brow tastes. “You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine,” Deen says. “My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills . . . It wasn’t that long ago that I was struggling to feed my family, too.”