Celebrated American TV chef Anthony Bourdain has died after reportedly taking his own life at the age of 61.
Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for CNN series Parts Unknown.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain”, CNN confirmed in a statement.
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain went on to establish himself in New York’s culinary scene, where he ran the kitchens of prestigious restaurants including One Fifth Avenue.
But he first shot to widespread fame in 2000, after releasing a best-selling book called Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which offered a behind-the-scenes look at the world of haute cuisine.
In 2002, he ventured into TV for A Cook’s Tour on The Food Network, before joining the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – which bagged two Emmy Awards.
The show often saw Bourdain being accompanied by high-profile faces, including Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
Sad day. A titan of the food and drink world . Gone way too soon . RIP a legend and a great guy pic.twitter.com/zwyxXydUtQ
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) June 8, 2018
“No matter who you are and how beloved you think you are, some shit just ain’t acceptable and you’re not going to get away with it.”
Anthony Bourdain RIP
— Fred Macpherson (@fredmacpherson) June 8, 2018
A move to CNN followed in 2013, where he won acclaim for Parts Unknown, which saw him mixing cooking with travels across the globe.
Posting on Twitter, British chef James Martin described Bourdain as “a titan of the food and drink world”.
Dammit Tony. I’m so sorry. I’m so destroyed. I love you brother. I miss you too much already. My love & condolences to Ariane & Ottaviahttps://t.co/WcTA9wAnfF
— QOTSA (@qotsa) June 8, 2018
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: “I’m in shock having just heard that Anthony Bourdain has passed away. I loved the guy, and he was a light of kindness and good vibes in my life.
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) June 8, 2018
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reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) June 8, 2018
Bourdain's exceptional writing made this one formerly picky, fearful eater very brave and want to try everything and I'll always be grateful for him and the worlds he opened
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain.
I read and loved Kitchen Confidential while I was working as a chef at Groucho St Jude in Glasgow. It was the first book since Down & Out In Paris & London that captured some of the intensity, danger and excitement of life in a kitchen.
— Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) June 8, 2018
An intellectual, raconteur, kind soul, who was as real as they come… pic.twitter.com/PgOX1ZqJRL
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was the epitome of success. He had wealth, fame, respect, and love from millions. He took his own life. Nobody is immune from depression.
If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-8255.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 8, 2018
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain: pic.twitter.com/l8vmd5fE53
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
Another heartbreaking loss.. you are and will always be one of my idols Anthony Bourdain.. watching your show always brought me such happiness. Thoughts and prayers are with your family now… ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mXZuS8RvSb
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) June 8, 2018
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now 🙁
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
His wisdom, his insight, his humor, his compassion, his staunch resistance to the inauthentic and support of all that resonates from the heart, and his passion for life that he shared with the us….Its difficult to process a world without Anthony Bourdain.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 8, 2018
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