Anthony Michael Bourdain
Born: June 25, 1956, New York, New York
Occupation: Chef, TV Show Host
Marital Status: Nancy Putkoski (Divorced), Married to Ottavia Busia
Children: Ariane Bourdain
Education: Vassar College (Dropped Out), Culinary Institute of America
“Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it – not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits.”
Anthony Bourdain is one of the most well-known chefs in the world today. He has used his trademark wit and culinary skills to expand into publishing and television which is interesting considering he loathes celebrity chefs. We guess all the success helps him cope with the self-loathing he must be feeling. Regardless of his personal feelings, Bourdain has become a staple in pop culture.
Bourdain’s interest in cuisine became a full-blown passion during his time at Vassar College. Bourdain worked at seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts as a part-time job. Despite the fact that he was a student at Vassar, and his jobs were only temporary, Bourdain dropped out and pursued his dream of cooking. He would go on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of American in 1978.
After culinary school, Bourdain ran numerous restaurants in New York City. Some of these restaurants included the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s. He would even become the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in 1998. Although it’s based in New York City, the restaurant had additional locations in Miami, Washington D.C., and Tokyo.
Bourdain exploded on to the scene with his non-fiction account of what happens in the dark side of the culinary world, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. The book was a New York Times bestseller, and was eventually adapted into a short-lived tv show of the same name. Bourdain followed up his first book with A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines, an account of exotic food and his travel exploits around the world in 2001.
His second book was adapted into a television show on the Food Network. The show, A Cook’s Tour, featured Bourdain traveling the world, investigating the local cuisine. It only lasted two seasons, but Bourdain’s second stint on television would be the one that made him a star. Bourdain premiered Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel. The show was very similar to A Cook’s Tour. It lasted nine seasons because Bourdain left to do a new show with CNN. Beyond his own television programs, Bourdain also appears on Top Chef as a guest judge from time to time and served as a consultant on the HBO series Treme.
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