After the runaway success of his hit food documentary show at CNN, what would every “foodie” view as the lasting legacy of Anthony Bourdain?
By: Ringo Bones
It came quite as a shock to me after hearing that Anthony Bourdain died of an apparent suicide back in Friday, June 8, 2018. It seems that most of his fans the world over are oblivious to the inner demons his battling and eventually succumb into. Fortunately, Bourdain managed to bequeathe to his legions of fans his books and a food documentary urging everyone to be more adventurous when it comes to dining.
Born in New York, New York back in June 25, 1956, Bourdain is no stranger to cultural diversity growing up in one of the most culturally diverse part of the United States. He gained fame after publishing his first book titled Kitchen Confidential that documented his twenty-plus year experience as a high-end restaurant chef. When CNN decided to pick up his Parts Unknown, a documentary focusing on various cuisines around the world and the salient theme of which is based on his quote: “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” Anthony Bourdain even became more famous when the then US President Barack Obama invited to dine with him in a Vietnamese noodle restaurant in downtown Hanoi called Bun Cha Huong Lien back in May 2016 during President Obama’s state visit to Vietnam.
To his fans the world over, Anthony Bourdain will be remembered for making cultures that are exotic to the average Westerner more familiar. It might not be just me, but Bourdain probably made the most palate cautious foodie to explore those exotic fermented fish dishes found in Scandinavia and East Asia. And given his focus on the exploration of international culture, cuisine and the human condition, Bourdain probably redefined what it means to be a so-called celebrity chef.