Anthony Bourdain: PETA’s New Pal?

For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – The chef who once called vegetarians a “persistent irritant” and “the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit” uses this Sunday’s episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown to extol the pleasures of vegetarian dining in India—and he’s waxing lyrical about what he found there. “If this is what vegetarianism meant in most of the places that practice it in the West,” he says during a meal at a roadside eatery, “I’d be at least half as much less of a dick about the subject.”

To celebrate Bourdain’s discovery overseas and to let him in on what he’s missing here at home, PETA has sent him a gift basket of champagne, gourmet faux caviar, and a gift certificate for dinner for two at MOB in Brooklyn. MOB—which also has a restaurant in Paris—serves vegan comfort food with a gourmet twist, including have-to-taste-it-to-believe-it pig-free bacon and vegan mac and cheese in a creamy sweet-potato cashew cream.

“PETA and Anthony Bourdain are usually at each other, kitchen knives drawn, but we’ll be promoting this episode and using his new appreciation for vegetarian dining as an opportunity to kiss and make up,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Nowadays, everyday cooks and gourmet chefs alike are embracing scrumptious vegan fare, and we’ll be toasting that delicious fact as we watch the show.”

PETA will encourage its more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide to watch the April 13 episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

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