Anthony Bourdain, chef, author of the widely influential memoir Kitchen Confidential, and host of several food and travel TV shows, has died at the age of 61. CNN, the network that produced Bourdain’s acclaimed travel show Parts Unknown, announced the news this morning and noted that the cause of death was suicide.
Chefs, restaurateurs, and others in the hospitality industry around the world have been posting tributes and memories of Bourdain on social media.
In Philly, Hardena, the family-run, James Beard-nominated Indonesian restaurant, led with a quote from the outspoken chef: “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” (When Bourdain first brought one of his travel TV shows to Philly back in 2012, he made a point to ignore cheesesteaks, which the city, and Eater Philly, appreciated.)
Dear Anthony, It’s with great sadness that you are gone today. I never got to meet you, but we were on your show a few years ago. You were having drinks at stateside but that’s ok! I still want to thank you for that feature. You were the first one to put us on any food & travel show. Because of you, you have changed and influenced so many lives through your work and I know that the people you have touched, including us, are deeply saddened with your loss and a piece of you will forever be with us. But we hope you are at a better place. Thank you for doing what you did in your life. It was not for nothing. Diana Widjojo & family
Marc Vetri shared a simple message with a powerful black square:
Stephen Starr called Bourdain an inspiration:
George Sabatino of Rooster Soup Co. posted a photo and a succinct message:
Amis’s Brad Spence also posted a photo:
In a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain visited Donkey’s Place in Camden, saying “the best cheesesteak in the area might well come from New Jersey.”
“We owe so many thanks to this man,” Baology wrote:
Michael Strauss of Mike’s BBQ posted a quote:
DiBruno Bros.’s Emilio Mignucci said “he will be missed”:
he will be missed. my prayers go out to all his family and friends. https://t.co/84Y3BHbPzP— Emilio Mignucci (@CheeseMee33) June 8, 2018
Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted an important reminder:
You aren’t alone. Make the call. Call Philly’s 24/7 crisis line at 215-686-4420 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. https://t.co/LmQPlU9Pja— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) June 8, 2018
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or self-harm or is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. For international resources, here is a good place to begin.