Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality. He was born in New York City on June 25, 1956, and died in France on June 8, 2018.
Bourdain began his career in the culinary world as a dishwasher in a seafood restaurant. After working his way up the kitchen ladder, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1978. He then worked in the kitchens of various restaurants in New York City before becoming executive chef at the renowned Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.
Bourdain became a well-known figure in the culinary world with the publication of his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. The book was a candid and often humorous look at the restaurant industry and the culture of chefs. It was a bestseller and was followed by a string of other successful books.
Bourdain is perhaps best known for his popular television shows, A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and Parts Unknown, which aired on the Travel Channel, Food Network, and CNN. On each show, Bourdain traveled to different countries and explored their cuisine, culture, and people.
Bourdain was awarded several honors during his career, including an Emmy Award for Parts Unknown in 2013 and a posthumous Peabody Award in 2018. He was also named one of the “Most Influential People in Food” by Time magazine in 2017.
Bourdain was admired for his wit, intelligence, and passion for food and travel. He touched many people's lives with his stories and inspired others to explore the world around them. He will be remembered as a culinary icon and a beloved television personality.
Bourdain also appeared in numerous television shows, films, and documentaries, including Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He produced several shows for the Travel Channel, Food Network, and CNN and was the host of the Travel Channel’s The Layover, which aired from 2011 to 2013. He also hosted the culinary competition series The Taste, which aired on ABC from 2013 to 2015.
In addition to his television work, Bourdain was also an accomplished author. His books, including Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour, were bestsellers and have been translated into multiple languages. He also wrote several non-fiction books, including Medium Raw and Appetites.
Bourdain was a passionate advocate for the rights of food service workers and immigrants. He was also a fierce critic of the food industry and a passionate supporter of sustainable agriculture. He was a vocal advocate for humane animal welfare and often spoke out against industrial farming practices.
He will be remembered as a culinary icon and beloved television personality. He touched many people's lives with his stories and inspired others to explore the world around them.