The new year was barely a few weeks old when its first major celebrity scandal erupted.
Actually, the flap began in the waning days of 2011, when TV chef Anthony Bourdain, the foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, hard-drinking, former drug addict who hosted the Travel Channel series “No Reservations,” proclaimed fellow TV cook Paula Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” who is “proud of the fact that her food is (f---ing) bad for you.”
Bourdain, who has made no secret of his disdain for other television chefs and food personalities including Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray, said Deen wasn’t doing her audiences any favors by touting recipes loaded with butter and sugar.
The battle played itself out on network news programs including “The Today Show,” and didn’t simmer down until Deen - who once created a hamburger with bacon, cheese and an egg sandwiched between a pair of Krispy Kreme donuts - confirmed a rumor that had been circulating throughout the foodie community.
Three years earlier, she’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
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