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Anthony Bourdain, TV host and author (The Travel Channel)

Bourdain picks winning essay on what it means to cook well Add to ...

Why cook well? Because a good meal is the highlight to a hard-working man's day.

Food writer and travel show host Anthony Bourdain posed the question to his followers, challenging them to an essay-writing contest on what it means to cook well.

The winning piece by an author identified only as Michael P., and titled "Late Nights," has now been posted on Bourdain's Medium Raw web site.

Michael describes coming home after a long, back-breaking day as a moving truck driver. He crack open a cold beer and tucks into the arroz con pollo his wife cooked and left in the fridge for him, eating his meal alone in his apartment while everyone else is asleep. "It tastes like home, a place I've been dreaming about all day," he writes.

For his efforts, Michael will get his work published in the paperback edition of Bourdain's latest book Medium Raw and receive $10,000 from the author himself. Let's hope he uses part of the winnings to repay his wife with a nice meal.

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