It was recently announced that Chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will be taking their 'Good vs Evil' skit on a cross-country tour next year, and making one stop north of the border in Toronto.
The skit originated in the Cayman Islands as part of Chef Eric Ripert's annual culinary festival, the Cayman Cookout which takes place every January at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman. As part of the four-day food festival, the besties (they like to call themselves) take the stage for an hour and interrogate each other about all things food and drink. Their first show in 2010 was so sucessful that the pair took the show out on an 8-stop tour around the U.S. in 2011.
The back-and-forth banter between the two offers an unfiltered backstage view of the culinary industry, with both chefs being candid about their feelings on everything from chefs smoking, Top Chef, Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, and the mysterious ban that Eric Ripert's New York restaurant Le Bernardin has on John McEnroe (you can read about the Ripert / McEnroe incident here).
I had the opportunity to attend the Cayman Cookout in January 2012, and took in the beach-side event, which has now been renamed as "An Afternoon with Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain." To get a sense of what you can expect from the two, listen to the recording below. The clip starts as Bourdain interrogates Ripert on his feelings about Martha Stewart and being on her show.
Bourdain and Ripert bring the show to Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in May of 2013. Tickets are on sale now.
Good vs. Evil Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Saturday, May 4th, 2012 at Sony Centre for the performing Arts (8pm)
Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased here.
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Written by Suresh Doss
Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com and Rickshawmag.com. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America.