I was cleaning up the "food" directory on my hard drive, when I came across a June 2006 Salon.com interview with Bourdain. Money quote:
Rachael Ray. She's paid more and is more popular [than Emeril], and I see a day when the executives say, we don't need Emeril anymore, even though he built their network. They'll replace him with some industry-created freakozoid who's been grown from a seedling into a recognized brand.
The man knows his stuff!