Anthony Bourdain Age, Affairs, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Some Lesser Known Facts About Anthony Bourdain
- He was born in a well-civilized family; as his father was a classical music industry executive, and his mother was a staff editor for New York Times.
- His love for food developed in his youth when he first tried his first oyster on an oyster fisherman’s boat on a vacation in France.
- While pursuing his studies, he worked for seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which made him more determined to pursue his career in cooking.
- He had a long-time addiction to cocaine and heroin in his college time.
- He then attended The Culinary Institute of America and gained experience of working in some renowned restaurants of New York City like Supper Club, Sullivan’s, and One-Fifth Avenue.
- In 1998, he joined Brasserie Les Halles, a restaurant based in Manhattan, as an executive chef and worked there till the restaurant got bankrupt and closed in 2017.
- After gaining a lot of culinary skills, he penned down a book titled “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” in 2000, which was considered the bestselling book that year by New York Times.
- In 2001, he was named “Food Writer of the Year” by Bon Appetit magazine for Kitchen Confidential.
- His next two publications- A Cook’s Tour in 2001 and The Nasty Bits in 206 were also New York Times bestsellers.
- After getting divorced with his first wife, he fell in love with a restaurant hostess, Ottavia and the two also twinned with a matching tattoo of a chef’s knife and soon, tied the knot within 11 days of their meet.
- He and Ottavia were blessed with a daughter and after becoming a father, he quit smoking and also had stopped intake of drugs before.
- He once shared that he never misses his training whether he is at home or at some other place. He was very much conscious of his health and he practiced jiu-jitsu and that was the reason behind his good health and physique. He also got a blue belt in 2015.
- He was offered to start his own show on Food Network, i.e. a food and world-travel show based on his memoirs Kitchen Confidential, and in January 2002, his show entitled “A Cook’s Tour” was premiered. The show completed 35 episodes successfully.
- In 2017, The Culinary Institute of America honored him with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letter honoris causa in the Culinary Arts.
- On June 8, 2018, he committed suicide by hanging in his room at the Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg, France.