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Top chef Anthony Bourdain on the food you should never eat

The Independent logo The Independent 28/05/2017 Rachel Hosie

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Anthony Bourdain is nothing if not outspoken.

He’s revealed which brunch food he thinks is “garbage,” spoken out about his least favourite food trends and explained why he won’t have dinner with Trump.

And the top chef has now enlightened the world once more by revealing the one type of food you should never eat: plane food.

That wasn’t a typo - he’s talking about the food you’re served on aeroplanes.

When asked by Bon Appetit whether he eats plane food, Bourdain replied: “Never. No one has ever felt better after eating plane food. I think people only eat it because they're bored. I don't eat on planes. I like to arrive hungry.”

But what about really long flights?

“For a super-long flight, I’d order cheese and s*** load of port,” Bourdain said. “I’d eat some cheese and drink myself stupid.”

It’s a strategy many people might be eager to adopt.

Of course, you could bring your own food on-board, but Bourdain says to do so with caution: “If you want to be the most despised person in the cabin, bring some good barbecue on and have everybody in the plane smell it.”

He explained that he’d done so before and was faced with a “look of pure loathing on everyone’s faces as I gnawed on my ribs” - it was so bad Bourdain says he “wouldn’t care to repeat it.”

And he’s not the only top chef who refuses to eat plane food - Gordon Ramsay recently revealed he avoids it at all costs:

“There’s no f***ing way I eat on planes,” he said. “I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board.”

Aeroplane food has undoubtedly improved in recent years, but of course, nothing is particularly fresh.

Maybe the cheese and booze strategy is the best way to go.

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