Some interesting news out of Anthony Bourdain's camp yesterday: The soon-to-be former host of Travel Channel's "No Reservations" is slated to host a reality cooking show with British food personality Nigella Lawson.
Eater reported and confirmed that the show, produced by ABC, will "pit America's most skilled cooks against one another in a show unlike any other." It's the second move of the sort for the acerbic writer and chef, who recently signed a deal for a travel show with CNN.
If it all seems like a departure for Bourdain, it is; Eater reminds us of a blog post in which he explains that he's planning to take some time off -- his first extended vacation in eight years.
Those worried about Bourdain selling out shouldn't jump to any conclusions -- it appears his future co-host, Lawson, isn't one of those celebrity chefs he loves to hate.
In a 2009 interview with Washingtonian Magazine, Bourdain sang her praises:
"I love Nigella, tearing off hunks of fatty pork. I was at dinner with Nigella and a bunch of guys, and we were all trying to out-macho each other, like 'I've eaten a live cobra heart!' Nigella has been rubbing her lips and says, 'When I was in Spain, they aborted a pig for me and roasted the fetus. Soooo good."
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