Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain kills himself

Anthony Bourdain in Port of Spain Trinidad US chef Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61
Nicole Thomas | 09 June, 2018, 14:27

CNN - the network he was most associated with - said in a statement that he had committed suicide.

The network also said: "His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Out of respect for the family at this hard time we have no further comment". His television career took off in 2005, when he began hosting the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover, before switching to CNN for Parts Unknown. French chef Eric Ripert, who discovered his friend in his hotel room, released a statement.

Gladys - a former editor of the New York Times - told the newspaper: 'He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this.

Reports of Bourdain's death come just days after Kate Spade's death.

Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend Asia Argento posted a head-scratching image on social media mere hours before he died by suicide.

Posting on Twitter, British chef James Martin described Bourdain as "a titan of the food and drink world". I am so very sad.

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As president, Barack Obama sat down for some bun cha in Hanoi, Vietnam, with Bourdain in an episode of "Parts Unknown" in 2016.

Anthony Bourdain's rough edges and uncensored way of looking at the world were irresistible to the many fans of his travel food shows, cookbooks and tell-all books on what life was really like in the kitchen.

Starting his career in various NY restaurants including the Supper Club and One Fifth Avenue, in 1998 Bourdain became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

"His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds", Argento said on Twitter. He was 61 years old. In an essay written after fellow chef Mario Batali was accused of sexual assault, Bourdain wrote that "one must pick a side ..." He used Parts Unknown to show Americans the weird and wild parts of their own country with episodes on Koreatown in Los Angeles, New Mexico, Detroit, the Mississippi Delta, Montana and West Virginia.

"Though I've spent half my life watching people, guiding them, trying to anticipate their moods, motivations and actions, running from them, manipulating and being manipulated by them, they remain a mystery to me", Bourdain mused in Kitchen Confidential.

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