The celebrity-chef thing, even at its worst, its most annoying, its silliest, its goofiest, its most egregious and cynical, has been a good thing.
People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.
I do my very best to avoid shark fin.
Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.
I'm always secretly the most pleased when a show just really, really looks good and when my camera guys are really happy with the images they got.
I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me.