Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens in his long career, which included many years spent as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). His first food and world-travel television show, A Cook’s Tour, ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he began a three-season run as a judge on The Taste, and concurrently switched his travelogue programming to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Though best known for his culinary writings and television presentations, along with several books on food and cooking and travel adventures, Bourdain also wrote both fiction and historical nonfiction.
On June 8, 2018, Bourdain died of suicide while on location in France for Parts Unknown.
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City, to Gladys (Sackman), an NYT staff editor, and Pierre Bourdain, a Columbia Records executive. He attended The Englewood School for Boys in New Jersey and Vassar College (for two years), and was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He began his career in the food industry as a dishwasher, gradually working his way up through preparation, to line cook, sous chef, and chef. He was the executive chef of Manhattan’s Brasserie Les Halles, which meant, in his words, that he got to “swan around the kitchen, taking credit for others’ work.” Bourdain lived in New York City, and had a daughter Ariane, with his wife Ottavia.
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2018 Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World (TV Series documentary) (executive producer – 6 episodes)
2012-2015The Mind of a Chef (TV Series documentary) (executive producer – 36 episodes)
2013-2015Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (TV Series documentary) (executive producer – 20 episodes)
2013-2015The Taste (TV Series) (executive producer – 15 episodes)
2014The Getaway (TV Series) (executive producer – 1 episode)
2011-2013The Layover (TV Series documentary) (executive producer – 13 episodes)
2011-2012Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (TV Series) (executive producer – 18 episodes)