Bourdain had been in Strasbourg, France, working on an episode of his Emmy Award-winning CNN series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” The network said his body was found by French chef and close friend Eric Ripert.
Through his shows, which included the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” Bourdain globe-trotted to more than 80 countries, telling stories that wove local foods, history and his own unflappable charm.
In a blog post for CNN, he once wrote this his favorite food city was Tokyo.
“If I had to eat only in one city for the rest of my life, Tokyo would be it,” Bourdain wrote in 2013. “Most chefs I know would agree with me. For those with restless, curious minds, fascinated by layer upon layer of things, flavors, tastes and customs which we will never fully be able to understand, Tokyo is deliciously unknowable.”
Bourdain, who was born in New York and grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978. After working in several kitchens, he gained recognition for his 2000 book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” which described in vivid detail the dark and drug-fueled world behind the scenes of the industry.
That best-selling book grew out of a New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” in which Bourdain spilled his own trade secrets after working his way up from humble dishwasher to celebrated chef in New York.
Bourdain was open about his past as a former heroin addict, and he seemed to revel in his reputation that stripped away a more wholesome image of master chefs in pristine white. The Smithsonian called him “the original rock star, the Elvis of bad boy chefs.”
President Donald Trump said Friday that his “heartfelt condolences” were with Bourdain’s family.
“I enjoyed his show,” he told reporters. “He was quite a character.”
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