Remembering Anthony Bourdain – Friends and Fans on Social Media

Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide on Friday prompted an outpouring of grief, with fellow celebrities, friends, foodies and fans paying tribute to a man who charmed many with his unvarnished, compassionate commentary on food and life.

The appreciations of Mr. Bourdain’s writing and television shows came from all corners, including from former President Barack Obama, who shared a meal with Mr. Bourdain in Vietnam in 2016, and at least one retired astronaut who recalled enjoying Mr. Bourdain’s work from the farthest perch.

“I watched his show when I was in space,” Scott Kelly, the NASA astronaut, wrote on Twitter. “It made me feel more connected to the planet, its people and cultures and made my time there more palatable. He inspired me to see the world up close.”

In a statement posted to Twitter, the actress Asia Argento, Mr. Bourdain’s girlfriend, said she was “beyond devastated” by his death.

“His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector,” she wrote.

Here’s what Mr. Bourdain’s friends and fans had to say about his death and legacy.

Chefs and food writers remembered Mr. Bourdain fondly for his friendship and the role he played in shaping how his readers and viewers understood food and culture.

Eric Ripert, the French celebrity chef and restaurateur

“Anthony was a dear friend,” Eric Ripert, the French celebrity chef and restaurateur, said in a statement provided to The New York Times, which he later tweeted a version of. “He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

Andrew Zimmern, the American celebrity chef, said that Mr. Bourdain had been in good spirits in recent months.

“The irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier,” Mr. Zimmern wrote on Twitter. “The rest of my heart aches for the three amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony.”

Many praised Mr. Bourdain for inspiring others to care more deeply about food.

“You shaped the way we see food, how I travel,” Dale Talde, the owner of several restaurants in New York and elsewhere, said on Twitter.

Many remembered Mr. Bourdain as an expressive and gifted storytellerwhose honesty and empathy opened minds.

“Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet,” Chrissy Teigen, a model and cookbook author, wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit musical “Hamilton,” expressed gratitude for Mr. Bourdain, who had converted Mr. Miranda into an adventurous eater.

Some celebrated Mr. Bourdain’s reportorial instincts, too.

“Anthony Bourdain mastered the art of uncovering, employing the kind of immersive journalism that informed new perspectives and gave new meanings,” Goldie Taylor, a journalist and author, wrote on Twitter.

Much of Mr. Bourdain’s appeal was rooted in his embrace of new foods and cultures, which he eagerly approached with generosity and receptivity.

“One of the nicest people I’ve ever met — and so genuinely a celebrant of communities and their foods — which had, for Anthony, a spiritual value,” Joyce Carol Oates, the author, wrote on Twitter.

Another author, Gary Shteyngart, remembered taking Mr. Bourdain to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn for an episode of the show “No Reservations.”

“He was gracious, brilliant and charmed every surly Russian in sight,” Mr. Shteyngart wrote.

Mr. Bourdain was also remembered for the compassion and humanity he showed, in ways big and small, outside the world of food.

The chef José Andrés, who was recently in Europe with Mr. Bourdain, said in a tweet: “You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes…you only saw beauty in all people.”

Jordana Rothman, restaurant editor of Food & Wine magazine, remembered him for a small generosity.

“At a time in my career when people still looked through me at parties to see if someone more important was on the other side, Bourdain shook my hand and asked me what I care about,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ve paid the gift forward in a thousand handshakes since.”

Others celebrated his honest embrace of the #MeToo movement, not only through his support of Ms. Argento, his girlfriend and one of many women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, but also through his own introspection as a man.

Mr. Bourdain was also praised for using his prominence to shine a spotlight on strife around the world, with many sharing a short speech he gave in accepting an award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council for an episode on Israel and Palestine.

In the speech, Mr. Bourdain described the episode as hardly unusual in that it showed “regular people doing everyday things — cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their hopes and dreams.”

“It is a measure I guess of how twisted and shallow our depiction of a people is that these images come as a shock to so many,” he said. “The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity. People are not statistics, that is all we attempted to show.”


Anthony Bourdain’s acceptance speech at the MPAC Media Awards – CreditVideo by MPAC National


Anthony Bourdain and Anderson Cooper preview the series premier of “Parts Unknown,” an episode which features a trip to Vietnam and dinner with Barack Obama – A Video by CNN


Azad Hind News

Tags : Andrew ZimmernAnthonyanthony bourdain asia argentoAnthony Bourdain Booksanthony bourdain cause of deathanthony bourdain daughterAnthony Bourdain deadanthony bourdain deathanthony bourdain diedanthony bourdain girlfriendanthony bourdain net worthanthony bourdain parts unknownanthony bourdain quotesanthony bourdain suicideanthony bourdain tv showsanthony bourdain videosanthony bourdain: no reservationsAsia Argentoasia argento anthony bourdainBourdainbourdain suicideEric RipertGordon Ramsayhow did anthony bourdain diehow did anthony bourdain kill himselfKitchen Confidentialottavia busiaParts Unknownsuicidewhy did anthony bourdain die

Leave a Response