The food world's resident bad boy and truth-teller is sorry he's not sorry that he compared one of New Mexico's favorite (and most delicious) dishes to warm feces. People who watched Bourdain's new show, Parts Unknown, know the cook-author-host ventured to the so-called Land of Enchantment on Sunday's episode and dug into a bag of Frito Pie — and proceeded to make fun of the delicacy (video below).
"New Mexico, you have many wonderful things ... I think, let Texas have this one," he said, adding that the dish was like holding "warm crap in a bag," a canned chili-laden "colostomy pie." None of The Wire's staffers have had the experience of holding lukewarm feces in a bag, and not all of the The Wire's staff has enjoyed the gloriousness that is the Frito Pie, so we can't confirm the accuracy of Bourdain's imagery.
For those of you unfamiliar with Frito Pie, it is actually a glorious combination of Fritos, chili, and cheddar cheese sometimes* served in the very bag the Fritos came in. I've even seen fancy variations that include scallions and tomatoes. It is American industriousness at its very best.
Now, Bourdain, hasn't been shy in dressing down the likes of deposed butter goddess Paula Deen or the first lady of New York, Sandra Lee. But those are big names. Here, he seemed to be insulting ordinary Americans and their delicacy of choice. Accordingly, some of the good New Mexican people featured on his show took umbrage with his smackdown of the dish. "I don't have any idea where he got that from. I mean, if we're using canned Hormel Chili then I'd like to buy stock in that because what we have is good," Mike Collins, manager of the Five & Dime shop where Bourdain procured his pie, told the Associated Press.
Despite the fecal imagery, Bourdain is adamant that he enjoyed his Frito Pie. He just wants to make clear that "warm crap in a bag" and something being delicious are not mutually exclusive. He says so in a statement:
Contrary to the impression left by some reports of the show, I, in fact, very much enjoyed my Frito pie in spite of its disturbing weight in the hand. It may have felt like (expletive) but was shockingly tasty.
* As some of our commenters point out, serving the Frito Pie in the bag the Fritos came in is optional.