Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever:
SAM GOLDMAN: Everything that Tony said about what he learned as a dishwasher was true. He was a show-up guy. He wasn’t a genius cook. Like myself, he was a proficient mechanical cook. He knew the drill. It didn’t matter if we were fucked up on acid. I remember after this one weekend at WPA, we woke up Monday morning like, “What happened the last few days?” It turns out that we had been really busy and we’d done a good job. That was being a chef in those days, with that flavor of recreational drugs: as long as you showed up and did the job, nobody fucking cared.
I remember driving around with Tony in the East Village, in this little red Rabbit I had, before we were doing heroin, trying to find it. It was what the cool kids were doing, and Johnny Thunders was doing it, and we all kind of idolized Lou Reed’s life, and you know Lou Reed has done it. It was a natural progression of drug addiction. We did a lot of junk together.