In addition to the television, cooking schools have only added fuel to this fire, according to Bourdain.
"Because I've seen that so many times, kids coming out of cooking school and working in my kitchens, and literally two weeks in, you see it. You look behind the line, and you can just see the dream die. This terrible information sinking in, like, 'Oh my God, this is nothing like they told me it was going to be,'" he said.
Although Bourdain is quick to note the positives of cooking-based reality shows, too. While a lot of chefs might get a warped perception of the job from television, it's also drawn a lot more people to the industry -- which is not necessarily a bad thing. "You're getting a better-educated group of people, with actual options, entering the business. Whereas before, your pool was sort of, you know... people who had no other option but the service industry."
Ultimately, you need to take the good with the bad. But never forget: Reality shows are far from actual reality.