Obama Grabs Dinner With Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain During Asia Trip

Barack Obama
May 23, 2016

President Obama had dinner with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain during his foreign policy trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday after winding down last week with a golf trip to Andrews Air Force Base right outside of Washington, D.C.

The conversation between the two was taped for an episode of CNN's travel and food show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and will air in September.

"Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President's trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam," a CNN spokesperson told Politico.

The President's chopstick skills are on point . #buncha #hanoi

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Bourdain wrote on Twitter that he and the president dined on a $6 ban chả dinner made up of grilled pork and noodle.

The celebrity chef has been outspoken in his disdain for the Republican party, ripping on the conservative tea party movement and calling the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump a "blowhard."

"I’m pretty happy about the Tea Party, because I think they’re ensuring that no reasonable electable Republican will be — will be president," Bourdain said in 2010. "They’re taking over the party in a way that makes them look more or less crazy."

Obama's stop in Hanoi is the first of the president's trip to Asia where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima since the end of World War II in 1945.

His celebrity dinner came three days after the Secret Service shot a man who had a gun outside of the White House while Obama was away golfing with aides.