What You Didn’t Know About Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was well known for being very much unlike many of the celebrity chefs and food personalities on television. Of course, he had plenty of tips and ideas on how to cook the perfect steak, but he also traveled to the far corners of the earth to see what others had to offer, and to discover dishes he hadn't even discovered yet. He inspired everyone who enjoyed his television shows, his multiple books, and his multiple teachings. Here's some things you may not have known about the inimitable chef who passed away suddenly.

His First Cooking Job Was On Cape Code

Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, and him and his family spent many summers in France while growing up, which is where he tried his first oyster. Later on in his life, he spent his vacations working in kitchens at multiple seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which is where he first became inspired to become a chef.

He Dropped Out Of College and Struggled With Drugs

Bourdain dropped out of Vassar College after just two years, and he decided to continue his education at the Culinary Institute of America instead. In his first book where he is refreshingly honest about his life, he talks about his long-time addiction to cocaine and heroin, something he had since recovered from. He told Men's Journal, "I understood that I got a pretty lucky break here, and that it was statistically unlikely to happen again. I've been pretty careful about not f*cking up the opportunities that have come since."

He Was Firm About Staying Drug Free For The Rest Of His Career

Although Bourdain still drank on occasion, he decided to quit smoking after quitting his drug habit and becoming a father. He once wrote on the public platform Reddit, "Most people who kick heroin and cocaine have to give up on everything. Maybe 'cause my experiences were so awful in the end, I've never been tempted to relapse."


He Had a Show On The Food Network

If you're a big fan of Bourdain, you probably know his thoughts on the Food Network. Although he wasn't the biggest fan of the network, he did at one time have a show called "A Cook's tour" from 2002-2003. The Travel Channel then used his incredible talent for "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," and then later, "The Layover." He then switched over to CNN in 2013 to make "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown."

His Books Were Bestsellers

Bourdain's nonfiction book entitled "Kitchen confidential:Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" came from an article that was published in The New Yorker. The book landed on the bestseller list, and he then made two more books who made the cut in 2001 and 2006. He also wrote a graphic novel called "Get Jiro!" and then made a cookbook entitled "Appetites."

He Ate His Way Around The World

Sure, Bourdain could cook, but it seems he spent most of his time eating out, and eating the flavors from around the world. Through filming and traveling the world, he was able to try exotic foods from countless countries. He ate noodles in Hanoi, he ate Hummus in Beirut, and drank with the locals in Borneo.

He Was Best Friends With a Michelin-Starred Chef

After Bourdain mentioned chef Eric Ripert in "Kitchen Confidential," he received a call from the Le Bernadin owner who invited him to lunch. The two became best friends and Ripert ended up traveling with Bourdain to China and beyond during filming. Unfortunately, Ripert was in France when he heard the news of Bourdain's passing.


His Second Wife Was a Restaurant Hostess

Bourdain's second wife, Ottavia was a hostess at one of Eric Ripert's restaurants when her romance with Bourdain began. In fact, on their second date, the two decided to get matching tattoos of a chef's knife. After their daughter Ariane was born in 2007, they got married within 11 days. Although they split in 2016, they remained on good terms after the relationship.

He Was a Very Devoted Father

Bourdain and Ottavia had a child, which ended up being his only child in 2007. After the birth of Ariane, Bourdain decided to live much more carefully. He told People Magazine, "In retrospect, I don't know that I would do that today-now that I'm a dad or reasonably happy," he responded when asked about jumping off cliffs into the water for the Travel Channel.

He Was Very Much In Love

In early 2017, Bourdain began dating actress and director Asia Argento. Bourdain told People magazine that he was "happy in ways that I have not been in memory, and happy in ways I didn't think I ever would be, for sure."

He Had an Impressive Tattoo Collection

Bourdain had a "bad boy chef" image, and it didn't just come from his dark past. He was known for his sharp tongue and tattooed skin that added to the image. He had a chef's knife, a skull on his right shoulder, and a snake swelling it's tail which he got while filming "No Reservations" in Malaysia. There was one on his arm that read "I am certain of nothing," in Ancient Greek, and a scorpion tat he got at a house party while filming "Parts Unknown" in Nashville.


He Was a Producer

He began hosting "Parts Unknown" in 2013 after deciding to leave Travel Channel, but he wasn't just the star of the show. He was also the active producer who wrote his own voiceovers, and he was the one who selected the music for each episode. He also had a hand in producing documentaries such as "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" and "Wasted!"

He Had No Patience For Clueless Cooks

He once told Men's Journal "In an ideal society, everyone over 12 should be able to cook a few basic things reasonably well. Everyone should know how to make an omelet. Everyone should know how to roast a chicken, properly, how to grill a steak properly, how to make a basic -very basic- stew or soup, prepare basic vegetables and pasta."

He Made Sure To Steer Clear of Airport Food

Bourdain once told Esquire "There's almost never a good reason to eat on a plane. You'll never feel better after airplane food than before it." Yes, it seems were all well aware that airplane food isn't always the best choice. He's said, "If there's food available I'll load up on whatever the local specialty is. In Tokyo I'll get ramen, in Singapore I'll get something from the airport's hawker center. Shake Shack at Kennedy airport is the best."

He Had a Good Trick To Find The Best Food In Town

When it comes to places he hasn't been (and there's very few places), Bourdain had a good way to find go-to food places. He told Esquire the trick was to "provoke nerd fury online. Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let's say you're going to Kuala Lumpur-just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rending in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullish*t, and give you a better place to go."


He Always Knew What The Next Big Food Trend Would Be

If you've ever wondered what next big dish would be on restaurant menus next, Bourdain usually was able to predict what would be the next popular dish. In 2017, he bet that the Filipino dish, sisig-a pork dish made with various parts of the pig- will soon be in high demand in the U.S. "It's hot, sizzling, crispy, sticky, delicious bits of pork with many textures," he said in an interview with CNN Philippines.