I can't stand the guy. He's an egotistical, self-centered, user. He's a one-trick pony and that bad boy act is all he's got. His contributions on Top Chef were not worth the time it took to listen to them--totally centered on nursing his image without anything constructive or useful to the participants.
He used to post here on Cheftalk for a while, but his only aim was self promotion. He barely read any other of the posts on a topic before running down other perspectives and again, promoting his view of himself and feeding his own celebrity.
Yeah, his books are somewhat interesting in a "guilty pleasure" or "watching a train wreck" sort of way, but overall I find them repetitious, tiresome and rambling. If anyone needs to consult the advice of an editor, it's him.
And that stupid travel food show?--if I have to watch him roll his eyes up into his head when he puts some disgusting thing in his mouth I think I'm gonna spew!