Your celebrity has become the focus of Internet parodies, including Ruth Bourdain (a blog and Twitter account “mashup” of Bourdain and former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl.) Do you think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
Well, not always. But I think the Ruth Bourdain stuff is pretty funny. I drop in and read it, I check in about once a week to see what he/she has been saying.
Do you know who it is?
I definitely have a suspect. He’s denied it to me. I don’t believe him. But I don’t want to know. If it gets out, he might stop what he’s doing and I think it’s pretty entertaining. [It has] a lot of followers - good quality followers. It’s not just the tweets. It’s the back and forth with people like [Tom] Colicchio. It’s funny stuff.