Anthony Bourdain was an American culinary chef, author, and television personality. He was noted by popular sources as one of the most influential chefs in the world.
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, and grew up in Leonia New Jersey.His parents were Pierre Bourdain (d. 1987), a classical music industry executive for Columbia Records,and Gladys Bourdain (née Sacksman), a staff editor for The New York Times. Bourdain said he was raised without religion, and that his family was Catholic on his father's side and Jewish on his mother's. His paternal grandparents were French: his paternal grandfather emigrated from Arcachon to New York following World War I, and his father grew up speaking French and spent many summers in France
Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including many years spent as executive chef. He first became known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. His first food and world-travel television show was A Cook's Tour, which ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network from 2002 through 2003. In 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he switched to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Though best known for his culinary achievements and television presentations, along with several books on food and cooking and travel adventures, Bourdain's lesser-known writings include both fiction and historical nonfiction.
Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.
CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive.