Anthony Bourdain Medium Raw Challenge

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Er, your eyes, rather. And a few moments of your time. Anthony Bourdain is sponsoring a writing contest, which I felt quite compelled to enter. But I need YOUR help to win!

The winner stands to have their 500-word piece printed in the forthcoming paperback edition of Anthony Bourdain’s latest book, Medium Raw. The prompt was a seemingly simple question with a cauldron of complex possible answers: “Why cook well?”

To read my essay, “Opposable Thumbs Up”, and give it a boost of support, head to You can (and should!) vote for my entry each and every day through 30 September.

Many thanks in advance for the votes! (And for kindly glossing over the unfortunate spelling mishap in paragraph 2. “Finger tops” should be “fingertips”. Sigh.) Please add to your internet bookmarks, or add it as a home page tab so you remember to vote early and vote often!