For Immediate Release: November 4th, 2010
Contact: Kris Konyak or Chris Silva (845) 473-5288

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Executive Chef and Internationally Acclaimed Best Selling Author of Kitchen Confidential to speak at UPAC

(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon is pleased to present chef and author Anthony Bourdain at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, Sunday, November 21 at 5pm. This internationally acclaimed star of the Travel Channel's insanely popular Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations has been dubbed "the bad boy of cuisine" for his rock star looks and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs, and cooking. In this uncensored LIVE appearance, Anthony Bourdain will share the fascinating, hysterical, and sometimes shocking stories behind his life, books, travels, and his hit shows. And he even takes questions from the audience. Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

Anthony Bourdain is executive chef at New York's famed French bistro Brasserie Les Halles, and the author of the hugely successful Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. He is best known now for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world's most exotic dishes on the Travel Channel's hit show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Once known as the bad boy of cooking, Tony is settling into an only slightly more dignified position as a professional gadfly, bete noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions.

The New Yorker first published Tony's scathing expose of New York City restaurants titled "Don't Eat Before Reading This" to incredible reviews. The article's success both domestically and abroad was the catalyst and basis for his best selling Kitchen Confidential, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into over 28 languages.

In 2002, the Food Network debuted what would become a twenty-two episode series featuring Tony circling the globe and feeding his adventure eating habit with the most extreme cuisine the world had to offer. The inspired bestselling book, A Cook's Tour In Search of the Perfect Meal, met with huge success. His latest New York Times bestseller, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, is an insider's perspective on the changes in the restaurant business. His other books include Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking, The Nasty Bits, plus the crime novels Bone in the Throat and The Bobby Gold Stories. Tony has also published No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, an illustrated journal of his travels.

In addition to his pieces in The New Yorker, Tony is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and Gourmet. He has shared his insights about team building and crisis management with in Harvard Business Review; been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning and Nightline, and has been a guest on Morning Joe and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, widely popular all over the world, recently won an Emmy Award for cinematography. It currently is in production on its seventh season.

Born in 1956, Tony attended Vassar College and was graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He began his professional career running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's. Tony currently lives in Manhattan.

Tickets for the Sunday, November 21, 5pm Anthony Bourdain appearance at UPAC in Kingston are available at the UPAC Box Office (602 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088), at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072), and through Ticketmaster (800.745.3000 or Seats are $70 Golden Circle, $55 Adult Rear Orchestra/Loge, $50 Member Rear Orchestra/Loge, $45 Adult Rear Balcony, $40 Member Rear Balcony.

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