A traveler, a chef, a writer, a connoisseur, a friend, a father— Anthony Bourdain was many things. Born in New York and grew up in New Jersey, Bourdain was a dreamer with a rebellious and determined outlook in life. As an adult, those same qualities rose to the surface in a man who told it like it is with wit, honesty and intellect balled up into a fresh serving of passion and reality. His contribution to the world can never be summed up into a finite amount of words. But it’s worth a try.
Anthony Bourdain was one of the world’s most opinionated and adventurous eaters. He never quite fit into a box. While most celebrity chefs pride themselves on their artistry, technique, sophistication and style, Bourdain went another way. He was liberal, blunt and aggressive with the English language if you know what I mean. He was an alcoholic and a smoker. Not once did he shy away from talking about his drug-fueled past— something that always caused him internal anguish. Though he was all these controversial attributes, he introduced a universe of food that the world did not know existed.