Anthony Bourdain is one of the most well-known chefs on earth. As such, his opinions on food are always interesting to hear. Because he is also one of the world’s most famous globetrotters, his thoughts on travel-related topics tend to be quite interesting too.
So, what does Anthony Bourdain think of airplane food, which is perhaps the clearest junction of food and travel? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, he won’t touch the stuff.
“You’re not digesting your food on the plane, which is why you feel like a horribly bloated beach ball when you get off,” he explained. “The food can’t possibly be that good. It can be edible at best, no matter how hard they try. The conditions that they’re working in, there’s not much they can do.”
“Every food tastes completely different than it does on the ground, so they have to make adjustments to it.”
Yet while Bourdain will turn down any airplane that meanders its way down the aisle to his seat, there is one thing he’s prepare to order on a plane. And, surprise, surprise… it’s not food.
“Scotch on the rocks,” Bourdain told Travel + Leisure. “They can’t f**k that up.”
Bourdain, of course, is not the only chef to wag his finger at airplane food. Gordon Ramsay also despises it.
“I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board,” Ramsay told Travel + Leisure back in April.