Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, television personality and author. Bourdain is best known for his food critiquing on several television programs in the 2000s and ’10s including No Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown. In addition to his culinary celebrity profile, Bourdain is also the author of three fiction novels.
Anthony was born on June 25, 1956 in New York City. His zodiac sign is Cancer. His middle name is Michael. He passed away at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018.
According to the man himself, Anthony was raised by parents that didn’t practice a religion. Bourdain’s father came from a Catholic background while his mother was raised Jewish. (1) Today, Bourdain is an atheist — a person that doesn’t believe in a higher being. (2)
Also, based on a comment he doesn’t appear to favor Scientology. When Bourdain’s show lost to Leah Remini‘s program that is a critique on Scientology, the famous chef said, ” I really admire what Remini’s been doing with that series. You know, she’s on the side of the angels.” (7)
Bourdain says that he doesn’t like to say too much about the subject of politics, but he’s also broken that rule on several occasions. Here’s a quote that sums up his initial thoughts on the subject:
“My political views are my own — and I try — really try, to keep them to myself. The last person I want to hear talk about politics or the nation’s conscience or obligation to the world is some Hollywood fucktard.” (3)
However, Anthony has said that he did vote for Barack Obama and would never vote for Donald Trump. On the latter politician, Bourdain said that he has “utter contempt” for Donald Trump. (4)
And while Bourdain describes himself as a liberal, he has some harsh words to say of some on the left that look down on those on right:
“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we’ve done.” (5)
Anthony has been married twice and has one daughter. His first marriage lasted 20 years, and was to his high school sweetheart Nancy. Anthony’s second marriage took place in 2007 to Ottavia, and they have a daughter named Ariadne (born 2007). The couple divorced in 2016, and Bourdain said that the grueling schedule of his television career helped contribute to the marriage ending.
Since 2016 Bourdain has been dating Italian actress Asia Argento.
In the 1980s and 90s Bourdain was a user of heavy drugs including cocaine, acid, marijuana and other drugs. Bourdain described his drug problems in his Kitchen Confidential book.
Today Anthony Bourdain’s vices are a two-pack-a-day smoking habit and indulging in alcohol.
On June 8, 2018, while starting to film a new season of Parts Unknown in France, Anthony Bourdain was found in his hotel room unresponsive. The individual who discovered Bourdain was his friend Eric Ripert, a French chef. Bourdain’s cause of death was suicide.
“Anthony was my best friend,” Ripert said in a tweet later the same day. “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love and prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones.” (8)
“Is there anything on this planet more political than food? No there is not.” (6)
“I get a lot of tweets from people who may not like my politics. You know, “Stick to food, man. Keep out of politics.” Dude, there is nothing more political than food. Nothing.” (7)
1: Bon Appetite
3: India Times
7: ET Online