Anthony Bourdain, host of the popular CNN series “Parts Unknown” left the world with a final and permanent sign-off June 8th 2018. I absolutely loved his show and the fact that he brought us all a little closer to each other just by sharing a meal. Anthony really showed us how much we all have in common through all the culture, diversity and cuisines he brought to us no matter where his location.
Bourdain was larger-than-life, an amazing chef and a fantastic storyteller. The news of his death shocked the world and according to CNN, the most common sentiment was “I feel like I’ve lost a friend”. I personally felt connected to Anthony, through his extraordinary way with words, his gutsy on-scene locations, and his edgy character.
His article in “The New Yorker” back in 1999 spoke volumes and I can definitely relate to it. The article titled “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” was about the secrets of working in a restaurant’s kitchen. “In America, the professional kitchen is the last refuge of the misfit. It’s a place for people with bad pasts to find a new family”, Bourdain wrote. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have a bad past. I worked in a few restaurants, starting in the kitchen as a dishwasher and moved through the stations. I can definitely say that I have come across some shady characters.
Now I love food and the relationships it brings to the table. Anthony’s work is incredible and plays a huge influence on my writing as well. I am sure that I can speak for all of my readers and pretty much everyone else. Anthony is sharing a meal in some part unknown to all of us and telling some amazing story.
We will miss you Anthony, your work will not be forgotten.