Anthony Bourdain is a bad-ass. The man is so fucking cool, it’s rumored that his name, loosely translated into any language, means “bad-ass.”
The affectation is global: Kurds, Namibians, Swedes and Southeast Asians know it. When Bourdain ventures into the jungles of Vietnam to abuse alcohol with milky-eyed war heroes, they raise their jugs of moonshine and think, “Damn, this guy is bad-ass.” A sailor who observed boy Bourdain gulp down his first oyster agrees. Not everyone was born to slurp still-writhing octopus or swallow still-beating cobra heart, but someone has to do it. Bourdain does it for fun.
Saturday, Tony and his milder, more respectable friend Chef Eric Ripert will appear on stage for a conversation dubbed “Good Vs. Evil.” It’s clear who is who.
Ripert, a disarming French Chef with an intimidating pedigree, runs world-class seafood restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, rated three stars by Michelin and four stars by The New York Times — the highest rankings possible. The amiable Ripert often guest judges of Top Chef and tapes his own PBS show Avec Eric. Bourdain, chef-at-large at Brasserie Les Halles, has drank and cussed his way around the world on the his shows No Reservations and Layover. Together, they’ll tell stories of their travels and insights, and will reveal what really goes on in famous kitchens. It’ll be foodie fodder at its finest.
If you can afford/justify/pawn something to procure a VIP ticket, do it. The extra-spendy stub gets you primo seats, snacks from N9NE Steakhouse and Heraea, as well as an opportunity to meet the two chefs. How bad-ass is that?
Good Vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, 8 p.m.; The Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, www.palms.com/events, 944-3200, $59-$179.