January 22, 2019

Anthony Bourdain, Revered Chef & Storyteller, Has Died

09 June 2018, 02:26 | Regina Holmes

US chef Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61

Anthony Bourdain in Port of Spain Trinidad

We here at Food52 are heartbroken to have lost such a talent today, one who's taught us so much over the years. "If you're commenting on how crunchy-delicious your salad is while your host is missing two limbs, you might want to ask them how that happened, and often you will get a story that's far more interesting than what's on your plate".

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time", the network said. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.

Barack Obama has paid a heartfelt tribute to Anthony Bourdain on Twitter. CNN is calling his death a suicide. Over the years, Bourdain's approach to his shows became less about what he was going to eat and more about who he was going to meet.

Several worldwide news organizations have reported that the chef was in Stasbourg, France, shooting for an episode of his popular show aired by CNN, Parts Unknown. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown.

Originally published on 20th May 2000, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly" is one of Anthony Bourdain's best-selling non-fiction books.

CNN anchor John Berman remembered Bourdain as a "human contradiction". "I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart/ My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones".

Many have written about Bourdain's rejection of the sexist "bro food" attitude underpinning scores of celebrity chefs, evidence of which can be found in his fierce support for girlfriend Asia Argento as she placed herself at the forefront of Hollywood's #MeToo movement.

Below, take a look back at Bourdain's life and career.

"I have the best job in the world", the globe-trotting food-taster and culinary storyteller once told The New Yorker magazine, stating the rather obvious.

She wrote: 'Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. Argento wrote on Twitter on Friday that Bourdain "was my love, my rock, my protector".

Bourdain´s death comes just days after the suicide of another celebrity, designer Kate Spade.

Almost 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016, making it one of three leading causes of death that are on the rise, along with Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

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