Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Chef and Food Writer
Born Jun 25, 1956

Anthony Michael "Tony" Bourdain is an American chef, author and television personality. He is well known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and is the host of Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and as of 2011 The Layover also on the Travel Channel.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on June 25, 1956.


1973 17 Years Old Bourdain has written that his love of food was kindled in his youth while on a family vacation in France, when he tried his first oyster on an oyster fisherman's boat. He graduated from the Dwight-Englewood School in 1973. … Read More


1978 22 Years Old Bourdain went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1978.
1985 29 Years Old Bourdain married his high-school girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985, and they remained together for two decades, divorcing in 2005.


1998 42 Years Old From there he went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City—including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's. In 1998 he became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, based in Manhattan with additional locations at the time in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, Japan. … Read More
2002 46 Years Old The acclaim surrounding Bourdain's memoir, Kitchen Confidential, led to an offer by the Food Network to host his own food and world-travel show, A Cook's Tour, which premiered in January 2002. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old In July 2005, Bourdain premiered a new, somewhat similar television series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on the Travel Channel. … Read More


2006 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2006, Bourdain was in Beirut filming an episode of No Reservations when the Israel-Lebanon conflict broke out. … Read More
…  Bourdain stopped cigarette smoking in the summer of 2007 because of the birth of his daughter. … Read More
2008 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 20, 2008 Bourdain hosted a special, At the Table with Anthony Bourdain, on the Travel Channel. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old In 2010, Bourdain appeared on Nick, Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! as Dr. Tony.
2011 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011 he voiced himself in a cameo on an episode of The Simpsons entitled "The Food Wife", in which Marge, Lisa, and Bart start a food blog called "The Three Mouthkateers". … Read More
2014 58 Years Old Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed at Brasserie Les Halles, he maintains a relationship with the restaurant, where he was described as recently as January 2014 as their "chef-at-large". … Read More
2015 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Bourdain appears as himself in the 2015 film The Big Short, in which he uses seafood stew as an analogy for a collateralized debt obligation. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  President Barack Obama was featured on the program in an episode in Vietnam than aired in September 2016.
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