With a little help from Martha Stewart, Anthony Bourdain wants to expand America's notion of food porn.
Bourdain, the celebrity chef whose habit of slinging strong opinions and foul language has earned him a culinary bad boy rap, next week launches a no-holds-barred satellite radio program on Sirius XM's Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Among his goals? See just how uncomfortable he can make co-host and friend Eric Ripert, chef at Le Bernardin in New York.
"We're going to be doing a segment that we call food porn," he said in a telephone interview, referring to the excessively sumptuous and sometimes sexualized words and photography often used in food media.
"We're going to challenge each other to describe in as purple a language as possible some food we've had," he said. "I'm trying to see whether we can expand the food porn genre into radio. And I think we can do it."
The show, called "Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert: Turn & Burn", will run for five weeks starting Feb. 18. It will cover numerous food subjects; listeners also can call in with questions.
The idea for the show developed after Bourdain and Ripert appeared together last year on Stewart's radio program, "At Martha's Table."
"My feeling is if Martha Stewart asks you to do something, you do it," Bourdain said of the new program.