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.
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”.
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