On February 9, 2012, Anthony Bourdain payed a special visit to College of the Canyons’ Performing Arts Center to benefit the new culinary arts program Institute for the Culinary Arts, or better known as iCue.
Doors opened at 9:30 P.M. for a sold out show. Guests paid $75 per ticket to listen to Bourdain speak about his life and career in cooking. He also had a book signing for his new book “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.”
During his speech, Bourdain touched on issues ranging from new places to try food to discussing his own religious beliefs.
Bourdain told his audience that the “new Tuscany” is Baja, Mexico. He told LA Weekly, “They got tired of waiting for the Americans to come back and just started making really great, really creative food.”
He also touched on the infamous issue of obesity in America. He spoke about his effortless attempts to protect his daughter from fast food’s “the king, the clown and the colonel,” he told LA Weekly.
Towards the end, Bourdain told the audience that he is where he is now because of nothing greater than himself, “My continued success is proof there is no God.”
Bourdain is famous for his Emmy award winning show “No Reservations” which is currently in its seventh season.