Anthony Bourdain, born on June 25, 1956, began his culinary career as the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles. He has written many books, including “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” after his essay “Don’t Read Before Eating This” was published in “The New Yorker,” in 1997, to excellent reviews. He traveled to various exotic destinations across the world in quest of the ultimate dinner in the travel and food show “A Cook’s Tour,” which aired on Food Network. The popularity of this show led to the Discovery Traveling and Living Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” show. We are overjoyed to be celebrating his big day today.
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, on June 25, 1956, and grew up in suburban New Jersey, where he developed a passion for reading and rock music. He spent two years at Vassar College, before graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in 1978. Bourdain soon began running the kitchens of New York restaurants, such as the Supper Club, One-Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s, after having admitted to self-destructive drug usage in his adolescence. In 1998, he was appointed as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.
Bourdain’s now-famous article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” a scathingly honest look at the inner workings of restaurants, particularly their kitchens, was published in 1997, in “The New Yorker.” The piece carried a lot of weight because of the author’s reputation as a renowned chef, and it led to subsequent writing opportunities. His best-selling book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” was published in 2000, to tremendous acclaim. From time to time, Bourdain authored other novels about his life as an international chef. In 2005, he debuted “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” a new Travel Channel series that addressed similar themes as “A Cook’s Tour.” On many occasions, Bourdain served as a guest judge on the “Top Chef” reality cooking competition show, and he was one of the major judges on the eighth season of “Top Chef All-Stars.” Bourdain, who is always up for a new adventure, had a cameo in the 2008 film “Far Cry,” and as Dr. Tony on the children’s T.V. show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” In 2015, the culinary expert also announced the creation of Bourdain Market, a massive food hall in Manhattan, New York.
Bourdain married Ottavia Busia, a jiu-jitsu master, in 2007. That year, they welcomed their daughter Ariane into the world. The couple revealed their divorce plans in September 2016, claiming that their choice was mutual and amicable. After that, Bourdain became friends with Asia Argento, an Italian actress, and director.
On June 8, 2018, Bourdain was discovered dead in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France from suicide. The Television Academy Foundation announced that “Parts Unknown,” a traveling and food show Bourdain was filming before his death, had received six nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on September 17, 2018. C.N.N. reported in August that the creators of “Parts Unknown” have enough footage for a final season of the show. Bourdain’s narration would appear in only one episode, but his voice would be heard throughout the series thanks to on-location recordings from his excursions to the Lower East Side of New York City, the Texas-Mexico border area, Spain, and Indonesia.
The penultimate episode will feature cast and crew members discussing their experiences on the show, while the finale will focus on “how Tony affected the world,” according to a C.N.N. executive.
After two years at Vasser College, chef Bourdain graduates from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.
Bourdain’s first book, “A Culinary Mystery Bone in the Throat,” is published.
Chef Bourdain becomes an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, based in Manhattan.
Bourdain establishes his own publishing house, Anthony Bourdain Books, in September, intending to collect three to five titles each year that reflect his incredibly eclectic tastes.
C.N.N. announces a final, posthumous season of "Parts Unknown," Bourdain’s travel and food show, which will include two retrospective episodes paying tribute to the series and Bourdain's legacy, as well as narrations and additional interviews from prominent guests.
Why We Love Anthony Bourdain
He was vocal about societal issues
After his then-girlfriend Asia Argento's sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein, Bourdain became a strong advocate against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. In the Weinstein sex scandal, Bourdain boldly accused Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino of ‘complicity.’
He beat his drug addiction
Bourdain, a former drug addict, described his addiction as what prepared him for a future as a celebrity. He quit narcotics in 2007 before his daughter Ariana was born, and he didn’t look back.
He was straightforward and reliable
At all times, Bourdain remained unapologetically himself. There were no concessions or compromises. He wasn’t the type who struggled between what he should have said and what he should have done. Bourdain was always true to himself, and he never tried to take what he didn’t deserve.
5 Surprising Facts
He avoided airport food
Anthony Bourdain, the expert chef, and gourmet, has said that there’s never a good reason to eat on a plane.
He wanted to be a comic artist
Bourdain wanted to be a comic book artist as a child, before discovering his interest and passion for cuisine.
He sold his collection for drug money
In his book "Kitchen Confidential," the chef detailed how he once had to sell his record collection in order to buy narcotics.
He’s a talented illustrator
While he hasn't produced illustrations for any of his graphic novels, Bourdain has said that he is a competent artist, a skill that would have come in useful when he still nursed the dream of becoming a comic book artist.
He loves cats
Bourdain, in one of his interviews, revealed that he’s more of a cat person than a dog person.
Anthony Bourdain FAQs
What dish was Anthony Bourdain known for?
Bourdain’s signature dish was a boeuf bourguignon.
How many Michelin stars did Anthony Bourdain have?
Bourdain earned an outstanding three Michelin stars.
How many tattoos did Anthony Bourdain have?
Bourdain loved tattoos, having decorated his body with 12 unique ones.
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