"A big bowl of pasta is hard to enjoy if you know it will render you sluggish the next morning, when a crazy-eyed mixed martial artist is trying to ease you into a choke hold," the piece said.
And his new approach to eating has paid off, as the recent cookbook author has lost 35lb over the past three years, since he started jiu-jitsu.
The man obviously still has a soft spot (though not a literal one) for food. Especially for Korean BBQ:
"He adores the food at Baekjeong, and was ready to indulge himself. After Hong arranged silky thin slivers of marinated beef tongue on a circular grill that was embedded in the table between us, Bourdain waited until they had just browned, then reached for one with chopsticks and encouraged me to do the same. We savored the rich, woodsy taste of the meat. Then Bourdain poured two shots of soju, the Korean rice liquor, and said, 'That is good, huh?'"