Anthony Bourdain
Chef and food writer
Anthony Bourdain
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.
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A Plea For Compassion And Cultural Literacy
Huffington Post - 9 days
Long before Anthony Bourdain and a host of celebrity chefs made the pursuit of exotic foods an armchair adventure, American tourists had a strange reputation. Whether they were traveling in France, Japan, or other countries known for their culinary arts, many gravitated to their safety zone: McDonalds. With the open-mindedness of the Obama administration gone from the White House, the rampant xenophobia exhibited by insecure, power-hungry white nationalists has resulted in a bungled refugee ban, threats to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities (as well as privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting), and a new wave of anti-intellectualism. The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education tested millions of gag reflexes across the nation. From satirical articles like Grizzly Attacks School of Salmon ― Dozens Dead and Betsy DeVos Tosses $10 Million Into Capitol Reflecting Pool For Luck to Michelle Olson’s A Thank Yo ...
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Fix Anthony Bourdain's lasagne Bolognese recipe for your weekend project
LATimes - about 2 months
Imagine a heavy baking dish loaded with layer after layer of rich bechamel sauce, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, noodles, slow-cooked Bolognese sauce, topped with a layer of thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese and baked to browned and bubbly perfection. That’s how Anthony Bourdain imagines lasagna,...
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Not My Job: We Quiz Anthony Bourdain On A Bored Dane (Namely, Hamlet)
NPR - 2 months
The term "celebrity chef" term doesn't quite fit for Bourdain — after all, most of the restaurants where he's worked have closed. His new cookbook is called Appetites. (Image credit: Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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'Soup For Syria': Chefs Share Recipes To Raise Funds For Refugees
NPR - 2 months
A charity cookbook featuring soup recipes from Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and others, famous and not, has raised $300,000 so far for displaced Syrians. Why soup? It's a universal comfort food. (Image credit: Interlink Publishing)
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Cologne's inexplicable love for clowns and beer
CNN - 2 months
Bourdain enjoys sausage, beer and clowns in Cologne, Germany. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Anthony Bourdain: 'We gave it everything we had'
CNN - 3 months
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CNN Probably Did Not Actually Show Porn Thanksgiving Night
Huffington Post - 3 months
Widespread reports that 30 minutes of porn aired Thanksgiving evening on CNN are hilarious, but there’s not much proof of this happening. Numerous news outlets reported Friday that cable provider RCN inadvertently aired a half hour of explicit footage on the CNN TV channel in Boston.  Did the Media Fall For a Fake Story About CNN Airing 30 Minutes of Hardcore Porn Last Night? (By @jiveDurkey) — Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 25, 2016 The story started with Twitter user @solikearose, who posted a tweet at around 10:30 p.m. saying that CNN was airing porn instead of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” @solikearose ― who has since made their Twitter account private ― told the Boy Genius Report that the graphic footage went on for about 30 minutes before CNN cut out. According to BGR, @solikearose tweeted “half a dozen” screenshots of the porn, but only one pixelated image (seen above) has made the rounds in the med ...
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Welcome to the 'real' Rome
CNN - 3 months
Anthony Bourdain heads to Italy's capital where life is more than monuments from an ancient empire. Here, in a secret location, comfort food reigns supreme.
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Anthony Bourdain bites back at anti-dog meat heckler
Fox News - 3 months
Anthony Bourdain has eaten a lot of exotic meats-- but he says he's never tried man's best friend.
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Bourdain on Buenos Aires: Meat, meat and more meat
CNN - 3 months
Anthony Bourdain tells Anderson Cooper that he returned from Argentina and wept at the sight of vegetables.
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The best time to visit Argentina
CNN - 3 months
Anthony Bourdain enjoys Buenos Aires in South America's "dead heat of summer." The city is deserted and Tony couldn't be happier.
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Why is Anthony Bourdain scared of Switzerland?
CNN - 3 months
Anthony Bourdain reveals his unusual but very real fear of all things Swiss.
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Anthony Bourdain reveals surprising favorite hotspot for Japanese cuisine
Fox News - 4 months
Bourdain is sticking to his gourmet guns.
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A living room cookout, Japanese-style
CNN - 4 months
Anthony Bourdain visits the home of chef Masa Takayama's dear friend for a dinner cooked over a traditional Japanese sunken hearth, or "irori."
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Bourdain
  • 2016
    Age 59
    Bourdain and Busia divorced amicably in 2016.
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    President Barack Obama was featured on the program in an episode in Vietnam than aired in September 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 58
    Bourdain received a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu in August 2015 and won gold at the IBJJF New York Spring International Open Championship 2016.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bourdain has a public persona that has been characterized by Gothamist as "culinary bad boy". Because of his liberal use of profanity and sexual references in his television show No Reservations, the network has placed viewer discretion advisories on each segment of each episode.
  • 2014
    Age 57
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Bourdain's New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was an outgrowth of his article in The New Yorker called "Don't Eat Before Reading This." A sequel to Kitchen Confidential was published in 2010, called Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Bourdain wrote two more New York Times bestselling nonfiction books: A Cook's Tour (2001), an account of his food and travel exploits across the world, written in conjunction with his first television series of the same title, and The Nasty Bits (2006), another collection of essays mainly centered on food. Bourdain's additional books include Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, the culinary mysteries Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, a hypothetical historical investigation, Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical, and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach.
  • 2011
    Age 54
    Ecco Press, a division of HarperCollins, announced in September 2011 that Bourdain would have his own publishing line, which would include acquiring three to five titles per year that "reflect his remarkably eclectic tastes".
    More Details Hide Details The first books that the imprint published, released in 2013, include L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi, Tien Nguyen, and Natasha Phan, Prophets of Smoked Meat by Daniel Vaughn, and Fight Shark by Mark Miller. Bourdain has also announced plans to publish a book by Marilyn Hagerty. In describing the line, Bourdain said, "This will be a line of books for people with strong voices who are good at something – who speak with authority. Discern nothing from this initial list – other than a general affection for people who cook food and like food. The ability to kick people in the head is just as compelling to us – as long as that's coupled with an ability to vividly describe the experience. We are just as intent on crossing genres as we are enthusiastic about our first three authors. It only gets weirder from here."
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 Bourdain appeared in FX's animated show Archer voicing chef Lance Casteau, a parody of Bourdain and other aggressive chef personalities.
  • 2010
    Age 53
    In 2010, Bourdain appeared on Nick, Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! as Dr. Tony.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    Bourdain also has a brief cameo appearance in the 2008 movie Far Cry, the filming of which was included in the Vancouver episode of No Reservations.
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    On October 20, 2008 Bourdain hosted a special, At the Table with Anthony Bourdain, on the Travel Channel.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 he was an executive producer and appeared as a judge and mentor in ABC's cooking competition show, The Taste. Bourdain appeared in an episode of TLC's reality show Miami Ink, which aired August 28, 2006. Artist Chris Garver tattooed a skull on Bourdain's right shoulder. Bourdain, who noted it was his fourth tattoo, said that one reason for the skull was that he wished to balance the ouroboros tattoo he had inked on his opposite shoulder in Malaysia, while filming Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • 2007
    Age 50
    Bourdain made a guest appearance on the August 6, 2007 New York City episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Andrew Zimmern appeared as a guest on the New York City episode of Bourdain's No Reservations airing the same day.
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    On April 20, 2007 he married Ottavia Busia.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they have a daughter, Ariane, born in 2007. Busia appeared in several episodes of No Reservations—notably the ones in Sardinia (her birthplace), Tuscany (in which she plays a disgruntled Italian diner), Rome, Rio de Janeiro, and Naples.
    Bourdain stopped cigarette smoking in the summer of 2007 because of the birth of his daughter.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a former user of cocaine, heroin, and LSD. In Kitchen Confidential he writes of his experience in a trendy SoHo restaurant in 1981: "We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk-in refrigerator at every opportunity to 'conceptualize.' Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Cannabis, methaqualone, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we'd send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get." In the same book, Bourdain frankly describes his former addiction, including how he once resorted to selling his record collection on the street in order to raise enough money to purchase drugs. Bourdain is also noted for his put-downs of celebrity chefs, such as Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee, and Rachael Ray, and appears to be irritated by both the overt commercialism of the celebrity cooking industry and its lack of culinary authenticity. He has voiced a "serious disdain for food demigods like Alan Richman, Alice Waters, and Alain Ducasse." Bourdain has recognized the irony of his transformation into a celebrity chef and has, to some extent, begun to qualify his insults; in the 2007 New Orleans episode of No Reservations, he reconciled with Emeril Lagasse. He has been consistently outspoken in his praise for chefs he admires, particularly Ferran Adrià, Juan Mari Arzak, Mario Batali, Fergus Henderson, José Andrés, Thomas Keller, Martin Picard, Eric Ripert, and Marco Pierre White, as well as his former protegé and colleagues at Brasserie Les Halles.
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Bourdain has appeared five times as guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef reality cooking competition program: first in the November 2006 "Thanksgiving" episode of Season 2, and then again in June 2007 in the first episode of Season 3, judging the "exotic surf and turf" competition featuring ingredients including abalone, alligator, black chicken, geoduck and eel.
    More Details Hide Details His third appearance was also in Season 3, as an expert on air travel, judging the competitors' airplane meals. Bourdain also wrote weekly blog commentaries for many of the Season 3 episodes, filling in as a guest blogger while Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio was busy opening a new restaurant. Bourdain next appeared as a guest judge for the opening episode of Season 4, in which pairs of chefs competed head-to-head in the preparation of various classic dishes, and again in the Season 4 Restaurant Wars episode, temporarily taking the place of head judge Tom Colicchio, who was at a charity event. He is also one of the main judges on Top Chef All-Stars (Top Chef, Season 8).
    In July 2006, Bourdain was in Beirut filming an episode of No Reservations when the Israel-Lebanon conflict broke out.
    More Details Hide Details The unexpected conflict broke out after the crew had filmed only a few hours of footage for the food and travel show. Bourdain's producers compiled behind-the-scenes footage of Bourdain and his production staff, including not only their initial attempts to film the episode, but also their firsthand encounters with Hezbollah supporters, their days of waiting for news with other expatriates in a Beirut hotel, and their eventual escape aided by a fixer (unseen in the footage), whom Bourdain dubbed Mr. Wolf after Harvey Keitel's character in Pulp Fiction. Bourdain and his crew were finally evacuated with other American citizens, on the morning of July 20, by the United States Marine Corps. The Beirut No Reservations episode, which aired on August 21, 2006, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007. The Travel Channel announced in July 2011 that it would be adding a second one-hour ten-episode Bourdain show to be titled The Layover, which premiered November 21, 2011. Each episode featured an exploration of a city that can be undertaken within an air travel layover of 24 to 48 hours. The series ran for 20 episodes, through February 2013.
  • 2005
    Age 48
    In July 2005, Bourdain premiered a new, somewhat similar television series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on the Travel Channel.
    More Details Hide Details As a further result of the immense popularity of Kitchen Confidential, the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential aired in 2005, in which the character "Jack Bourdain" is based loosely on the biography and persona of Anthony Bourdain.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He remained executive chef there for many years.
  • 1985
    Age 28
    Bourdain married his high-school girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985, and they remained together for two decades, divorcing in 2005.
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  • 1978
    Age 21
    Bourdain went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1978.
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  • 1973
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Vassar College, dropping out after two years, and at the same time working in Provincetown, Massachusetts seafood restaurants, which sparked his decision to pursue cooking as a career.
  • 1956
    Born on June 25, 1956.
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