Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain


Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.

Full Name
Anthony Michael Bourdain
Jun 25, 1956
Jun 8, 2018
6′ 4″
Net Worth


Anthony Bourdain was born June 25, 1956 in New York City. He was raised in Leonia, New Jersey, the son of Gladys (Sacksman) and Pierre Bourdain, a music executive. His father and his father's family were French-Canadian descent. Bourdain attended The Englewood School for Boys in New Jersey and Vassar College before dropping out. 

He began working as a dishwasher at a seafood restaurant in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he eventually became a chef. He went on to become Executive Chef of Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan, which is where he gained fame with his book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” published in 2000.

Bourdain wrote several books on food and travel including “A Cook’s Tour” and “No Reservations”. He was also the host of two popular Travel Channel shows: “No Reservations” from 2005-2012 and “The Layover” from 2011-2013. From 2013-2015 he served as host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” which earned him multiple Emmy Awards. In 2017 he began hosting a new series called “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on CNN.

In addition to his television shows, Bourdain also wrote extensively about food and travel culture for various magazines including The New Yorker, Gourmet magazine and The Times Magazine UK among others. He was an outspoken advocate for fair wages for restaurant workers and supported social justice causes such as immigration reform. 

Bourdain died by suicide on June 8th 2018 while filming an episode of Parts Unknown in Strasbourg France. He is survived by his daughter Ariane, mother Gladys and ex-wife Ottavia Busia.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1956</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Anthony Bourdain is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 25, 1956, Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1978</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Graduates the Culinary Institute of America</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">After graduating from Vassar College, Bourdain enrolls in the Culinary Institute of America and graduates in 1978.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Book Kitchen Confidential Published</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain's infamous book about the restaurant industry, is published.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Premiere of A Cook’s Tour</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Bourdain's first television series, A Cook’s Tour, premieres on the Food Network.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Premiere of No Reservations</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">No Reservations, Bourdain's second television series, premieres on the Travel Channel.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2010</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Publishes Medium Raw</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Bourdain releases his follow up to Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Passing Away at 61 Years Old</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Anthony Bourdain passes away at the age of 61 in France while filming for Parts Unknown.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Amazing Storyteller</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Anthony Bourdain was one of the most gifted storytellers who ever lived. His ability to capture the essence of a place and its culture in words and images was unmatched. He had an eye for detail, a passion for people, and a gift for bringing out the best in every situation.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Chef </h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Anthony Bourdain was an amazing chef and restaurateur. He ran several successful restaurants throughout his career and was known for his creative recipes and signature dishes. He also had a deep understanding of local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques which he used to create unique dishes.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Anthony Bourdain inspired many people with his life philosophy. He believed in living life to the fullest, exploring new places, trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. His fearless attitude towards life is something that we can all learn from and strive to embody.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Worked in a Seafood Restaurant</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Anthony Bourdain worked as a line cook in a seafood restaurant during his early career before becoming a celebrity chef.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Published Bestselling Books</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Anthony Bourdain wrote several bestselling books, including Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Used to Be a Drug Addict</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Anthony Bourdain was a drug addict for many years and has been sober since the 1980s.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Winner of Multiple Emmy Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Anthony Bourdain won multiple Emmy awards for his television series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Parts Unknown and The Layover.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Received a Peabody Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Anthony Bourdain was the recipient of a prestigious Peabody Award for his work on Parts Unknown in 2014.</p></div>


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