Anthony Bourdain earned his reputation as the "bad boy of cuisine" by drinking, smoking, and swearing his way through exotic eating adventures on the Discovery Channel's No Reservations. This is a man who's bravely tried seal eyeballs, sheep testicles, and a warthog's rectum - but claims the most disgusting thing he's ever eaten is a Chicken McNugget. Men actually "get" him, women swoon over him, and vegetarians, well, they hate him - probably because he has repeatedly referred to them as "the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit." But nobody is going to argue that Bourdain isn't entertaining and besides that, he's got 28 years of kitchen experience to back up his boorish behavior.
So which of these New York-based food stars comes out on top? It's a close race, but we're giving it to Bourdain. Ray has a more recognizable brand and makes more money, but Bourdain is cooler and knows his way better around the kitchen. Ask yourself, which of these two would you rather have drinks with? Who would you rather have cook you dinner? That's what we thought.