'Anthony, Why?' Friends Mourn Loss of Bourdain

Chef had legions of admirers, in and out of the culinary world
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2018 11:44 AM CDT
Anthony Bourdain is seen in New York on Oct. 5, 2017.   (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – "The most interesting man in the world" has departed. That's Drew Magary's take on Anthony Bourdain's Friday death of a suspected suicide. At GQ, Magary writes that he idolized the celebrity chef, who "lived so much that the idea of him dying seems completely preposterous. And yet here we are." He's not the only one struggling to comprehend Friday's news that Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his hotel room in the small French town of Kayserberg on the Alsatian wine route. He was in France working on his popular Parts Unknown series for CNN.

  • The loss: Gordon Ramsay says he's "stunned and saddened by the loss." Fellow chef Yotam Ottolenghi describes "a huge loss of a person who shaped and changed the way we write about food." CNN has additional tributes, including from President Trump, who saw Bourdain as "quite a character."
  • 1999 article: Bourdain's breakthrough book, Kitchen Confidential, was quickly rising on the Amazon best-seller list in the wake of his death, reports the AP. The book was based on this 1999 New Yorker article by Bourdain, headlined "Don't Eat Before Reading This."
  • With Obama: This clip shows Bourdain sitting down to eat with then President Obama. The former president tweeted an image from that meal Friday. “'Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.'” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food—but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together."

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