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CNN anchors reflect on the life of Anthony Bourdain

11 Juin 2018

Anthony Bourdain, the affable American celebrity chef and author who shared his voracious curiosity for the world's food and cultures with millions through his popular television shows, died at the age of 61.

"When I moved to NY, I always told people if there's one person I wanted to cross paths with, it's Anthony Bourdain", she said.

Mr Bourdain's partner Asia Argento said she was devastated over losing Mr Bourdain. "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said.

On Friday, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world.

"Every time we flew through Atlanta and had an hour between flights, I would get a look from him". The former president made a memorable appearance on "Parts Unknown", joining Bourdain for noodles and beer in a Hanoi restaurant with plastic stools.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN probably did more than any other chef to bring about the culinary renaissance now underway in the U.S. His books on the restaurant industry, like Kitchen Confidential, were half gonzo autobiography, half user guide, and all irreverent humor, spoken in the salty patois of kitchen subculture.

Anthony Bourdain had an outsized impact on the life of Jason Rezaian, the journalist who was jailed by Iran shortly after filming an episode of Bourdain's "Parts Unknown". Asia Argento, his girlfriend, also released a statement saying how sad she had been to hear the news.

His death - the second high profile suicide of a US celebrity this week - prompting an outpouring of support across social media, with people sharing their own stories of struggling with depression and anxiety.

During their time in Hong Kong, Bourdain dined at and filmed a Parts Unknown segment at the Happy Paradise restaurant.

"This wonderful couple is a danger to no one", Bourdain wrote in a Post column at the time. In the preface to the latest edition of "Kitchen Confidential", Bourdain wrote of his shock at the success of his book, which he managed to write by getting up at 5 a.m. before his kitchen shifts. Your travels have inspired me so deeply that I even paid a visit to the restaurant Los Amigos, which you featured in Cuba. "I met one extraordinary woman with an extraordinary and painful story, who introduced me to a lot of other women with extraordinary stories and suddenly it was personal".

"A visionary", Nasti, the Chambard chef, would say Saturday of his lost guest and friend, offering his condolences to Bourdain's family "and all those around the world who he caused to dream". "While it's been nothing but good for business. few people are less suited to be suddenly thrown into the public eye than chefs". I really can't talk about him.He was brilliant and sharp and amusing.

Closer to home, Bourdain was an early supporter of #MeToo, noting he'd met several women who'd told him bad stories of abuse. "You brought people together", another note said.

CNN anchors reflect on the life of Anthony Bourdain