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Bourdain on Food Net Awards: 'WHAT were they THINKING??'

At least one person watched the first annual, perhaps last annual, Food Network Awards, which aired last night and was taped in February at the SoBe Food and Wine Festival. That person: Anthony Bourdain, whose excoriating review of the show just landed on Ruhlman. Here's a taste:

Do Emeril and Bobby--who, whatever you think of their shows--BUILT that fucking network, deserve to be pimped out with such casual disregard? Does anyone deserve to run the Gauntlet of Shame that was the "red carpet", forced to waddle past the California Raisins and Tony the Tiger and a bunch of other corporate Big Heads? The overmuscled fuckwit from DINNER SLIGHTLY DIFFICULT delivered the best line: something like "This is the greatest night "ever!" If that was his greatest night ever, I suspect he would say the same thing while being publicly butt-slammed by the San Diego Chicken.
One final question from Tony, before you click over: "[W]ho green lit this monstrosity?" An excellent question, indeed.
· THE FABULOUS FOOD NETWORK AWARDS!!! [Ruhlman]
· Food Net Awards Categories Announced, Snooze Telecast Promised [~E~]

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