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TORONTO: September 21, 2010 -- Chef and author Anthony Bourdain at the book signing of his most recent book Medium Raw at the Drake Hotel.

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Hot Ticket: Anthony Bourdain

He became known as the chef who loved the Ramones and hated ABBA, smoked and drank unrepentantly, and said that, more than ant eggs and raw seal eyeballs, Chicken McNuggets were the most disgusting things he'd ever eaten.

He's also known for dropping F-bombs like a B-52, and doesn't pull punches when talking about the restaurant biz or his fellow TV chefs – many of whom, he points out, have never actually worked in restaurants.

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So even though he's kicked his heroin habit, remarried, had a child and mellowed out – somewhat at least – you're sure to experience plenty of fiery indignation when you catch globetrotting culinary bad boy and bestselling author Anthony Bourdain as he tells cleaver-sharp tales from the trenches, and discusses his latest book Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, on a rare stop in one of Canada's most food-obsessed metropolises.

Anthony Bourdain appears at the Centre on Saturday. For more info, visit writersfest.bc.ca.

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