Anthony Bourdain is known as a titan of the culinary world. An authority on great cuisine. Some would even go so far as to call him a celebrity chef.
A moniker that Bourdain became famous for hating on. His book, Kitchen Confidential, which launched him into the stratosphere and helped make him a household name, was a stunningly well written tell-all that outed himself and other line cooks/chefs as being drug-addled madmen who happened to have a passion for amazing food.
Bourdain even went so far as to make fun of celebrity chefs. His tell-it-like-it-is, devil-may-care bluntness was poetic – because he cut to the core of what he loved/hated about culinary culture.
He looked and acted like a member of The Ramones that picked up a knife set instead of a guitar and stumbled into a kitchen instead of a sound stage.
Unfortunately, Bourdain took his own life, leaving behind his 11-year-old daughter, along with the amazing persona he had developed over the years.
A persona that was evident down to his email correspondence. Patton Oswalt shared an image of a message he received from Bourdain after he had asked him for suggestions on what to do while honeymooning in Paris with his wife, Meredith Salenger.
Oswalt gave Bourdain a list of suggestions he had received from friends and family members and the No Reservations host responded in his trademark style:
I’m a fan and an admirer so gotta tell you this is no way to enjoy Paris.
F*** them. All of them. They’re THERE, everywhere. You will see them from the car window as you go and do important s*** like live your life. In Paris !
Try and plan as little as possible.
Le Comptoire is great. Amazing food and perfect atmosphere. Show early and squeeze in to L’Avant Comptoire next door.
Le Dome for shellfish tower
Rue Mouffetard for the market
And sandwiche jambon or fresh croissant anywhere at right time.
People responded to Oswalt’s tweet, telling him what he most definitely already knows.
Oh, that is amazing… What a cherished piece of correspondence. Print copies, scrapbook or journal it… Preserve so it never disappears!!
— Tamara (@kukrae) June 10, 2018
And others couldn’t stop nodding their heads, calling the email “classic Bourdain.”
Typical Anthony Bourdain, direct in profane honest way right spots to visit in Paris.We viewers will miss him as he was able to cross boundaries of culture, people in seamless, effortless, endearing manner and reach out to humanity in all of us.
— BetterWorld (@HelloCrandil) June 10, 2018
Tons of celebrities and prominent figures spoke up in the wake of Bourdain’s death.
Some shared personal experiences they had with the man.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
And tributes/condolences are popping up all over social media for him.
Including people who worked or lived with Bourdain.
And those who worked in the same industry as the artist.
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
Whenever a noteworthy person passes away there’s no shortage of theories as to why they did it. But the real answer is depression. If you or anyone you know is depressed, get help: 1-800-273-8255.