Anthony Bourdain, a television personality famous for his shows on food and travel, said he would never eat at establishments in President-elect Donald Trump‘s Washington hotel.
During a wide-ranging interview with food website Eater published Wednesday, Bourdain was asked about chef Alessandro Borgognone bringing his sushi restaurant to the new Trump International Hotel.
“I will never eat in his restaurant,” the “Parts Unknown” host said. “I have utter contempt for him, utter and complete contempt.”
Bourdain also turned his ire on celebrity chef David Burke, who brought his own restaurant to the hotel after another famous chef, José Andrés, pulled out of the development last year in protest of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
“So Burke’s a steaming loaf of shit, as far as I’m concerned, and feel free to quote me,” Bourdain said.
Burke did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“It’s not helpful, that sort of thing,” Bourdain added of the chefs partnering with Trump. “I’m not asking you to start putting up barricades now, but when they come and ask you, ‘Are you with us?’ You do have an option. You can say ‘No thanks, guys. I don’t look good in a brown shirt. Makes me look a little, I don’t know, not great. It’s not slimming.’”
Bourdain, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, said that he would refuse to meet with him if invited. He said that people like Kanye West, Al Gore and Mitt Romney met with the president-elect because they were hoping to “get in good with the president and make me some money.”