Another person I find fascinating is Anthony Bourdain. I love that he stands out from the other TV chef personalities and he doesn't fit into the typical reality TV chef mold.
In the kitsch-prone world of celebrity chefs, Bourdain sticks out as an earnest, uncompromising voice and relentless advocate for authenticity, occupying a strange position as both an antiestablishment bomb thrower (he is known for ripping into Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, and other famous chefs) and, at this point, an entrenched member of the culinary in-crowd.
Best known as the host of "No Reservations", he now hosts "Parts Unknown" on CNN. When I first heard he was leaving The Travel Channel to go to CNN, I was a little surprised. After reading this article, the move makes a lot more sense.
Bourdain never expected to end up on a serious news network. “They called out of the blue, and our response was, really?” he says with a laugh. “We had a great discussion. They said, ‘We want you to do what you want to do and be as smart as you can. Any place that you haven’t been able to go, we’d like to help. Congo? No problem.’ ” Bourdain was impressed, especially if CNN could facilitate shooting in the kinds of logistically difficult areas that he was itching to visit.
If you haven't read his books or don't know a lot about Anthony Bourdain, this is a great read.