Anthony Bourdain is one of the towering figures in the American culinary world. His full name is Anthony Michael Bourdain. Besides being an American celebrity chef of repute Bourdain is also a top ranking author, journalist, and travel documentarian. This celebrity chef is the main person behind popularizing the ‘foody’ culture in the early 21st century. He did this through his written work and television programmes. Anthony Bourdain featured in many leading television programmes whose key focus was exploring international culture, human culture and cuisine. He had also courted controversy for his critique of vegetarianism and veganism.
Anthony Bourdain Early Life And Career Details
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956 in New York City. He had two other brothers who were younger to him. Bourdain’s mother’s name is Gladys and his father’s name is Pierre Bourdain. His mother worked as an editor at the New York Times. Bourdain did not follow any specific religion although his parents held separate religious beliefs. His father was Catholic while his mother was Jewish. Anthony Bourdain attended Dwight Englewood School for boys and in 1978 he graduated from The Culinary Institute of America. Before this he got himself enrolled in Vassar College but he dropped out to pursue his studies in cooking. This celebrity American chef served at many well known restaurants of New York. Post this stint which lasted for many years, in 1978 he joined the most coveted position of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. Bourdain published his debut book in 2000 titled ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly’. This book, an instant bestseller, highlighted internal working conditions of restaurant kitchens. This was just the beginning of the illustrious career of this remarkable chef. Bourdain next got a very good offer to host a food and travel show called ‘A Cook’s Tour’ at the Food Network. In this show Bourdain visited many exotic locations of the world and tasted the local delicacies. The show was immensely successful and ran for two seasons. He chronicled his experiences in a book called ‘A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines’ which he published in the year 2001. Here he gave vivid details about his worldwide travels and his experience with local delicacies. Next, Bourdain was invited by the Travel Channel to host its culinary and cultural adventure programs ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’. The format was more or less the same as the progamme he previously featured in.
Bourdain’s love for writing books made him write another one named ‘The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones’ which was published in the year 2006. This book contained 37 humourous essays and small stories related to food and a brief fictional piece. This was followed by another book named ‘No Reservations: around the World on an Empty Stomach’ published in the year 2007. This book essentially is related to his TV show ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’. Bourdain’s last book was ‘Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook’ published in the year 2010. This book was meant to be a sequel to his first novel ‘Kitchen Confidential’. Bourdain hosted a new show called ‘The Layover’ at the Travel Channel in the year 2011. The aim of this show was to guide a traveler about things to do like places to visit, eat and enjoy at a place in a short stay at a particular city. Next Bourdain hosted a show at CNN named ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’. The show was first televised in April 2013. The show essentially showcases Bourdain’s travels to not so well known places around the world. Bourdain’s career in television was indeed an eventful one. Bourdain was a guest judge in the cookery reality show ‘Top Chef’ for several seasons. He also judged in the TV show ‘Top Chef All Stars’. Bourdain was a regular columnist of leading newspapers and magazines.
Anthony Bourdain Marriage Life And Personal Details
Mr Bourdain married twice in his life. His first wife was his high school girlfriend Nancy Putkoski whom he married, in 1985. In 2007 he married Ottavia Busia. The couple has a daughter named Anne.
Anthony Bourdain Net Worth
Bourdain’s estimated net worth is $16 million.
How Did Anthony Bourdain Die?
Bourdain committed suicide by hanging in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France.
on June 8, 2018.
Anthony Bourdain Body Measurements
Bourdain’s height was 6 ft 3 in. His weight was 87 kg. His hair and eye colour were hazel and grey respectively. Burdain’s Zodiac sign is Cancer.