October 1, 2013

Food critic Bourdain dishes out insults for prized Frito pies

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Insults dished out by food critic Anthony Bourdain on an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” have stirred up outrage in New Mexico.

The sharp-tongued chef and writer lashed into the “World Famous” Frito pies sold at Santa Fe’s Five & Dime General Store’s snack bar. The dish, Bourdain said, tasted as if it were made with canned Hormel Chili and a “day-glow orange cheese-like substance.” He also charged that the local favorite isn’t even a New Mexico meal, but rather a Texas creation.

Mike Collins, store manager of the Five & Dime, says Bourdain was “completely wrong” on the store’s Frito pie. He said their version is homemade.

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