Heroes are the ones you look up to, the ones you hope to emulate when you grow up, the ones that shape and nurture your dreams from afar. They often say you should never meet your heroes, you’ll be ultimately disappointed when they aren’t the perfect shining example on the pedestal in your mind. That is why I deliberated long and hard when presented with the opportunity to meet one of my heroes. Ultimately, I decided that the pros outweighed the cons and a few months later, I found myself in the executive lounge of the airport waiting for my plane to board. Surrounded by cheap (but free) alcohol, watery soups, and desiccated fruit left out far too long on the buffet counter, I contemplated what I would say, what I would ask, and what he would be like.
What do you say when you meet your hero? Often you’re too star struck to say much. All your carefully prepared lines often disappear in a nervous aura, replace by fan babble. I only managed a paltry, “You’re what I want to be when I grow up”, to which I got a wry smile, a soft chuckle, and a, “Thanks, me too”. Good to know he has as sense of humour as well. Of course he would, I was meeting the easy going Anthony Bourdain.