Everyone knows that chefs can be particularly snobby about their food, even if most of them admit to craving McDonalds just like the rest of us every now and again. (Hey–they like to cook for other people, it doesn’t mean they do it for themselves.)
Anthony Bourdain in particular has made quite the career for himself out of that aforementioned “chef snobbery” by being brutally honest when it comes to everything food-related: what happens behind-the-scenes in the kitchen, why there aren’t more female chefs, where to eat during a flight stopover and of course, ridiculous food trends.
As it turns out, there’s one trend he loathes more than most, and that would be the current spiced pumpkin craze.
Bourdain took to Reddit to do an AMA for the upcoming season of his CNN series Parts Unknown, and wasn’t afraid to dish it out when one user asked him about current food fads that need to go away already.
“I would like to see the pumpkin spice craze drowned in its own blood. Quickly,” he wrote, before adding juice cleanses and gluten-free food to the list.
And here we were thinking that pumpkins had guts, but certainly not blood.
To be fair, Bourdain has a bit of a point. Sure, there may be tons of bad jokes about pumpkin spice lattes being a white yoga girl drink, but when fall hits, many people can’t wait to have their first PSL (you know, after yoga class). Maybe to be accompanied by a pumpkin spice muffin, slice of pie or other pumpkin baked good.
But isn’t that where the craze should stop? Do we really need pumpkin spiced Oreos, m&m’s and Listerine packs? Did you know there’s actually pumpkin spice flavoured water out there? Water! And don’t even get us started on the pumpkin spice-themed fishing lures, hummus, goat cheeses, gum, dog treats, cat litter and guns out there. Yeah, guns.
really? fall/pumpkin scent cat litter? we’ve gone too far this time, America. too far… pic.twitter.com/6S9geELpuR
— Cody Alan (@cmtcody) October 3, 2015
— Mandi (@MissMandi00) September 20, 2016
Seriously, at what point is enough, enough?
Bourdain is probably just being Anthony Bourdain and partially saying things for the humour and shock value, and we do see where he’s coming from. We’re still pro-PSL in latte format though, #SorryNotSorry. Once those leaves start turning colours and the cooler air hits, it’s one of our most sought-after comfort drinks to kick start a rough morning or sleepy afternoon.
For a limited time only, of course.