Anthony Bourdain

Chef, Author & TV Host

American celebrity chef and television personality, starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine and the human condition.

Dubbed the ‘rock star of the world of food’, Anthony Bourdain culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He was known for his travels and remarkable stories of the world cuisines which made him a unique chef and gifted storyteller. He combined his love of food and storytelling into long-running television projects.

This cultural food icon, was also an author, who wrote several books including his 2000 book ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.’ Bourdain moved from one high-profile culinary project to the next, including TV shows’ A Cook’s Tour and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.’

On June 8, 2018, Anthony Bourdain aged 61, was found dead in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, from a reported suicide.

Name:   Anthony  Bourdain
Born:   25 June 1956
Star Sign: Cancer
Died:   8 June 2018
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Country: New York (NY) United States
DetailsOther Names
Michael, Tony
Pierre Bourdaina
Gladys Bourdain (Sacksman)
Bourdain married Nancy Putkoski, from 1985 to 2005. In 2007, he married Ottavia Busia, and they had a daughter. They separated in 2016.
Ariane born in 2007.

Childhood and Family
Anthony Michael Bourdain was born on June 9, 1956, in New York City. His father, Pierre Bourdain, worked for Columbia Records executive and his mother, Gladys Bourdain (Sacksman) was an editor for New York Times. They had two sons, Anthony and Christopher. The family was of French, Jewish and Spanish ethnicity.

As a youngster, Anthony was always curious about food and enjoyed decorating gingerbread men at Christmas. He had an interest in good taste, good smells and loved to try new things. His first summer in France, he ate snails.

Pursuing a passion
Growing up, Anthony developed an interest in literature and rock music. He attended the Dwight Englewood School for Boys in Jersey and graduated in 1973. He enrolled at Vassar College but dropped out after two years to pursue a career in cooking. He then attended the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1978.

Dishwasher to Executive Chef
Bourdain began his career in the food industry as a dishwasher, gradually working his way up through preparation, to line cook, sous chef, and chef. From there he went on to run multiple New York restaurants - the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan's for years. He finally was offered the position of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

Kitchen Confidential
Bourdain fame took off after he published his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000. He revealed the details of the inner working conditions of kitchens in restaurants in this book, which became a bestseller.

A Cook’s Tour
The success of Bourdain's book led to an offer to host a travel and food show on the Food Network. In ‘A Cook’s Tour’, he visited exotic locations worldwide and tried out the local foods. The show ran for two seasons in 2001 and 2002. Bourdain published - ‘A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines’ in 2001, in which he wrote about his travels to different places and his experiments with exotic cuisines.

The Nasty Bits
In 2005, Bourdain hosted another travel and food show, ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ on the Travel Channel. The format is similar to ‘A Cook’s Tour’ in which Bourdain visits different countries and samples local cuisine. His book, ‘The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones’ was brought out in 2006. It is a collection of 37 humorous essays and anecdotes centered on food, plus a short fictional piece.

Published in 2007, ‘No Reservations: around the World on an Empty Stomach’ was written as companion to the television show of the same name with material from past seasons of the show. Bourdain's book, ‘Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook’ published in 2010, was a follow-up to his debut book, ‘Kitchen Confidential’.

T.V. Presenter and Writer
Bourdain's Travel Channel show ‘The Layover’ which he hosted, premiered in 2011. His show, ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’, a CNN show which was first aired in April 2013, shows Bourdain's travels to lesser known places around the world.

On the cookery competition reality show ‘Top Chef’, Bourdain was a guest judge for several seasons and also one of the main judges on the ‘Top Chef All Stars’. He also wrote essays and articles for various newspapers and magazines like The New York Times, Gourmet, Maxim and Town & Country and also featured in the hit animated comedy Archer.

Awards and Accolades
Anthony's awards and accolades are numerous. He received an Emmy award in 2013 for Parts Unknown. The Bon Appetit magazine named him the Food Writer of the Year in 2001 for ‘Kitchen Confidential’.

His show ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming in 2009 and 2011. To put it quite simply, Bourdain is a cultural food icon.

Marriage and Family
Anthony Bourdain married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Putkoski in 1985 but they divorced in 2005. He married Ottavia Busia in 2007 and in 2007, daughter, Ariane was born. They divorced amicably in 2016. Before his death, on June 8, 2018, Bourdain was in a relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento.

He was against the practices of vegetarianism and veganism.

He is scared of clowns, mimes, and nurse's shoes.

He is said to have eaten a whole cobra once. He said the worst thing he ever ate was the Namibian food, warthog rectum.

He appeared in a cameo in one episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in 2011.

He travels to exotic destinations but also loves Waffle House.

He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown every year from 2013 to 2016.

Bourdain earned his blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He even won gold at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation New York Spring International Open Championship in 2016.

Every Father’s Day, he had a tradition of climbing the Palisades with his daughter.

Bourdain loved tattoos, and the first one he ever got was this tribal band around his right arm.

He wrote a total of 13 books: eight non-fiction and five fiction.

"I always entertain the notion that I'm wrong, or that I'll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it really hurts and is embarrassing."

"Luck is not a business model. Without new ideas, success can become stale."

"Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have."

"I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you."

"Cooking is a craft, I like to think, and a good cook is a craftsman -- not an artist. Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable, and satisfying."

"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together."

"Don't lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don't do it again. Ever"

"If you're twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel-as far and as widely as possible."

"I don't like to see animals in pain. That was very uncomfortable to me. I don't like factory farming. I'm not an advocate for the meat industry."

"Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life--and travel--leaves marks on you."


On Friday, June 8, 2018, Anthony Bourdain aged 61 years old, took his own life in his hotel room in the hotel 'Le Chambard' in Kaysersberg, France. He was in France filming an episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown in France. He was cremated less than a week later in France after his tragic death. His ashes was flown back to the United States.

Messages and flowers piled up at Bourdain's former restaurant 'Brasserie Les Halles.' Following the news of his death, friends, fans and chefs took to social media to mourn the loss of this larger-than-life character.

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