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Today in 'Treme': Anthony Bourdain is writing restaurant scenes for season two

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 8:30 AM     Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 11:21 AM

Alan Richman blabbed it to www.Grubstreet.com a few weeks ago and it got picked up from there, so it’s not much of a spoiler: The GQ restaurant critic, who in November 2006 notoriously ripped New Orleans restaurants just as they were crawling back from Hurricane Katrina, has filmed a cameo for “Treme.”

Bourdain at premiere.JPGAnthony Bourdain.

What’s not been widely reported is that Anthony Bourdain helped write Richman’s scene.

Yes, the author (“Kitchen Confidential,” “A Cook’s Tour”) and TV star (the Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”), is writing restaurant scenes for the second season of “Treme.”

Bourdain’s participation was mentioned in a January post on his Travel Channel show’s Facebook page, and recently confirmed by series co-creator David Simon.

Bourdain received a “thank you” credit at the conclusion of “Treme’s” season finale for serving as an informal consultant for some of the season’s later restaurant scenes.

This season, Simon said, Bourdain is all-in. The show’s staff writers send Bourdain the rough “beats” for a scene and he responds with completed script pages.

Revisions have been minimal, Simon added.


Related topics: Anthony Bourdain, david simon

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fideauxdawg February 10, 2011 at 1:05PM

with all the local expertise on the food trade, I wonder if they could give that work to a local.

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itaintmyfault February 10, 2011 at 1:51PM

because it's a social club......

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wavefan2009 February 10, 2011 at 2:01PM

If you watch the credits after just about any episode of Treme, you will see the names of many, many locals who have consulted on food, music, Carnival, and just about everything else you could think of having to do with the culture of New Orleans. Keep in mind that Bourdain is, among other things, an entertainment personality, and he's not just consulting, he's actually writing part of a script. I love Leah Chase, but I don't know if she has the chops for that, exactly.

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wavefan2009 February 10, 2011 at 1:57PM

That should be interesting, since Bourdain and Richman famously loathe each other. Does Richman know who's writing his scene?

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Todd A. Price February 10, 2011 at 2:39PM

wavefan2009: Apparently Richman was well aware who was putting words in his mouth. Here is what Bourdain "tweeted" today:

"NoReservations: I have to say I admire Richman's decision to do Treme with full knowledge that I was on board. May not like the guy but he's got balls and a sense of humor apparently."

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ODJennings February 10, 2011 at 3:08PM

"with all the local expertise on the food trade, I wonder if they could give that work to a local."

Sure, but I don't think it's about the work as much as it's about the publicity. Bourdain will get the show some nationwide press, especially if it turns into a catfight between Bourdain and Richman.

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poboydressed February 11, 2011 at 8:59AM

Pity that they didn't enlist Poppy Brite instead. Local, known writer, and her restaurant scenes are no lessers to Bourdain's.

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EddieIsDaBomb February 11, 2011 at 9:54AM

yeah, except for the whole "crazy as a fcking bat" part, shed be the perfect person to represent us to the nation.

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poboydressed February 11, 2011 at 6:43PM

She wouldn't be representing us, just doing no more than minor rewrites like Bourdain is.

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ofashothrow February 11, 2011 at 10:18AM

AND i sure hope the season 2 of treme portrays the struggle to keep the Treme's st augustine church open all that went down in the spring/lent of '06. that was when they took Fr. Jerome LeDoux from the CHurch and the Treme neighborhood. He was such a powerful, charismatic, caring loving and well respected leader in the Treme. The protesting even brought Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton down here with all the national and international attention it garnered. I feel if they don;t talk about that historical moment of the Treme's history, and they only talk about education and crime, then they will be on the border of tokenizing the treme to talk about the whole of new orleans post katrina. I mean St Augustine Chruch is the oldest black parish in the nation, and to see the Catholic Church try to come in and swoop it out of the hands of the treme community was a huge deal. And the people of the treme are still dealing with the loss of Father LeDoux. What priest do you know that would allow the Mardi Gras Indians to do their thing in the middle of a catholic church service. Fr. LeDoux had such respect from the Indians, that them coming into the church was their way of showing him that respect. Seriously, the treme is really still mourning the loss of their priest and community leader.

St. Augustine church was the first church to have free people of color purchase a whole isle of pews so that black people didnt have to sit at the back of the church behind the whites. that is significant history of america, not just the treme. there was civil rights organizing happening in the treme before the larger civil right movement began. and i hope david simon find a a way to highlight this and the struggle of St. Augustine Church. I don;t see how he couldn't the protesting lasting a whole month!!!! thats a pretty hard thing to ignore.
AND I SURE HOPE DAVID SIMON RECOGNIZES THAT AND INCORPORATES THAT INTO HIS"TREME" SHOW.

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Proforma_NYC_NOLA February 12, 2011 at 12:57AM

The infamous "slap in the face" opening was perfect for Bourdain's first venture to New Orleans... two of the most creative people in NOLA got that in there... ask in the Marigny and you can have it recreated by the originals.

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