Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018)
Friday, June 8th, 2018
Chef, television host, and author Anthony Bourdain has died. He was 61.
Bourdain was a chef at the New York restaurant Les Halles when his first book, Kitchen Confidential, propelled him to national recognition. He worked first with Food Network and then the Travel Channel, where he earned two Emmy awards for his series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Most recently, Bourdain had joined CNN to continue exploring food and culture around the world.
Along the way, Bourdain remained a prolific writer, publishing several books including Medium Raw (a sequel to Kitchen Confidential), Gone Bamboo, and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach. His cookbooks include Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook and Appetites. He was also an essayist, writing articles and stories for The New York Times, Gourmet, Maxim, The New Yorker, and many others.
Bourdain was also known for his work as an advocate. He worked to improve working conditions in the food industry, and to bring the struggles of marginalized cultures to light. Often this was accomplished through food; whereas many chefs exoticize and romanticize dishes from non-European cultural backgrounds, Bourdain, and his books and television series took a different approach, focusing instead on the people who make and eat them.
Bourdain had been in France working on his CNN series Parts Unknown when he died on June 8th. The cause of his death was suicide.