CHICAGO – For one night, celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will take the Auditorium Theatre stage in Chicago as part of the “Good vs. Evil” tour.
The “Good vs. Evil” show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago.
Anthony Bourdain – the host of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” and “The Layover” and author of New York Times Bestseller “Kitchen Confidential” – will join Eric Ripert – the Michelin-star-rated chef of the world-renowned restaurant Le Bernardin, and a regular guest on Bravo’s “Top Chef” – for an evening of storytelling and conversation.
The culinary duo, who have been friends for 13 years according to Ripert, represent opposite ends of the dining spectrum and, together, will provide insight into the world of food as well as give a behind-the-scenes look into what really goes on in the kitchen.
“People laugh a lot; they laugh for two hours,” Ripert said of the show, which begins with a roasting of the two chefs. “The show isn’t scripted. Anthony has no idea what I am going to tell him and I have no idea what he’s going to try to say about me.”
The show also includes a discussion of various food-related topics and an audience Q&A.
In its third year, the “Good vs. Evil” tour is stopping in Chicago for the first time. Ripert said he’s looking forward to revisiting a city he’s been to many times.
“I have been to Chicago maybe 20 or 25 times, so I know it pretty well,” Ripert said, adding that he enjoys walking around town and exploring its neighborhoods during his free time before the show.
“Then at night we have the show and after we can go to parties ... or maybe we’ll go to bed, but I doubt it,” he said, laughing.
Bourdain and Ripert became friends after the release of Bourdain’s book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” which gave readers an irreverent look at the dark side of the dining scene.
Ripert said after reading Bourdain’s book, he called him up for lunch to discuss the differences between Bourdain’s experiences in the kitchen with his own.
“When I read [his book], Tony was talking about the kitchen where he worked and they were full of pirates and gangsters. Where I was training it was very different and very disciplined,” Ripert said. “I invited [him] for lunch and we had a good time. After that a friendship started to develop.”
The two chefs’ years of friendship, and contrasting experiences and personalities, spurred the idea to do the “Good vs. Evil” tour.
“It was Anthony’s idea,” Ripert said. “We are friends ... we joke a lot with each other, so [Anthony] said, ‘Why don’t we go on the road and do a show?’ And here we are.”
For tickets to the “Good vs. Evil” show, visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.