The late Anthony Michael Bourdain was born June 25th, 1956 in “The Big Apple”, New York City, though he spent much of his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey. According to Bourdain, it was when he tried his very first oyster in France that he realized his love of food. He would go on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1979. Following his graduation, he moved on to running different kitchens in New York City, most notably Sullivan’s and One Fifth Avenue. The world would come to know him as a witty and humble writer, and TV show host. His remarkable open-mindedness is what made people love him most, he learned about them through the medium of food but he did not simply go to places to eat, he went to learn and also show the world our differences and similarities. Bourdain was also outspoken about injustice, as well as remaining ethical. Below are some quotes that show how inspirational he was beyond the culinary world.
“Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesmanship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milošević”
“I am in no way supportive of hunting for trophies or sport – would never do it and don’t like it that others do. But if you kill it, then eat it, it’s fine.”
Bourdain was a chef who respected those who followed the doctrine of never wasting any part of an animal, and hunting out of necessity for foodstuffs.
Bourdain is also known for how outspoken he was about the injustices that the people of Cambodia continue to face years after the Khmer Rouge’s legacy of atrocities.
Overall, Anthony Bourdain’s books and TV Shows are worth exploring, he has a wealth of knowledge about the world, and can inspire a generation to open their minds to all people and ways of living. May he Rest In Peace, his legacy of spreading knowledge will never be forgotten.