ANTHONY BORDAIN



ANTHONY BORDAIN

MY THOUGHTS 

Someone said on CNN, “ Anthony Bourdain admitted his own shortcomings in a way other men were afraid to”.  He didn’t want credit for it, he just wanted to be better.  Spot on. I loved and looked forward to his shows, he brought forth a unique style, through passion and love, through frank communication, an understanding and brilliant simple showcasing of what others have contributed to this world through customs, traditions and necessity using food as a medium.

His observational brilliance was as diverse as his culinary skills especially when he showcased an American City I had visited several times and he brought to life a side of that city somehow I missed.  Even the controversial shows like Lao, and Viet Nam which I am quite familiar with, as the real thing, right on the bullseye having worked with some of those people.

I remember as a child ( I just turned 75) one of the books I received as a gift and cherished the most was  ‘The Seven Wonders of the World’.  If nothing else it taught me or exposed me to the beauty and diversity of the blue green globe we share and live on with others.   

His style, of storytelling brought me back to the excitement of visiting and seeing places and cultures just as I had done flipping the pages of that book.

He made the show not about himself but of those who were his friends and guests.   His culinary skills were blessed with an internal database of the one of two commonalities shared throughout the world and yet as diverse as the world can be.  Music and food are common denominators, they are the bridge builders of humanities and sharing with others.  I think the entire world was a canvas for him, and he painted places and showcased others so they may be appreciated. 

He will be truly missed as in this day and age of greed and self indulgent hypocrites, liars, uncertainty, insecurity, hate, isolation and popularism, negativism, and prejudice brought forth by people it seems with no passion or love.  He was a light on when parts of the night were darkest.  He brought forth good and the Lord was pleased...  


HE WAS DIFFERENT

Globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month and left most of the estate to his 11-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed this week in New York.   

The 61-year-old Bourdain was found dead June 8 in an apparent suicide in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, an ancient village where he was working on his CNN series “Parts Unknown."

One of my friends who watched his shows made a comment, I took it as a compliment that I had several things in common with him, certainly not on his level, more like a love of the things we both were exposed to.

•  Born in NY, Had Family in Jersey
•  Born technically Jewish by Mothers birthright
•  Both worked up from the bottom in the food industry
•  A love of good food and a quest to do better
•  Storytelling, not so much the writing as putting a story together
•  And that mean getting to the people and their history, religion, beliefs
•  An understanding of their culture, their location, its attributes and ethnicity
•  A great heart that loved people


CNN - 07/13/2018
Anthony Bourdain and the program he hosted on CNN were honored Thursday with multiple Emmy nominations, a little more than one month after his death.  Bourdain, who died June 8, was honored with two nominations, while his show, "Parts Unknown," earned six nominations overall. The show's digital extension, "Explore Parts Unknown," also scored a nomination. 

Bourdain is nominated in the outstanding informational series or special category for his part as host and executive producer of the program. He also earned an individual nomination for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. 

Additionally, "Parts Unknown" was nominated for its sound mixing, sound and picture editing and cinematography. 

On the series, Bourdain would travel to all corners of the Earth in search of delicious meals, enlightening conversations with the locals and a deeper understanding of wherever he happened to be visiting that week.   It was his skills for finding the latter that earned the series praise and multiple awards, including five Emmys and a Peabody Award.

Bourdain, 61, died by suicide while working in France on an episode of "Parts Unknown."  After his death, Bourdain's close friend, fellow chef and frequent “Parts Unknown" travel companion Eric Ripert remembered Bourdain as “  One of the great storytellers who connected with so many.   ”The Emmy Awards will be given out on September 17, 2018


        

 

Anthony Bourdain was born June 25, 1956, in New York City. He was the older of two sons born to  Pierre and Gladys (née Sacksman) Bourdain. Although Bourdain was not raised in a specified religion, his father was Catholic and his mother was Jewish. Bourdain stated that even though considered Jewish by the teachings of Judaism, "I've never been in a synagogue. I don't believe in a higher power. But that doesn't make me any less Jewish...". Bourdain also stated that his family was not religious. 

I only found out this year that his mother was Jewish, automatically the religion is passed down matriarchal granted on the mothers side not the fathers. In the Israeli episode, at the wailing wall, for some reason he was prompted to don the traditional Tefillin or phylacteries, which are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. In Rabbinic Judaism, which is the predominant form of Judaism today, Tefillin are worn by observant adult Jews during weekday morning prayers.   Tefillin are wrapped around the arm seven times, and the straps on the head are adjusted so they fit snugly. … Many Jews say an additional blessing and prayer upon putting on Tefillin. Maybe he was searching for his faith, no one knows, I hope he found it, he was a good person.

At the time of Bourdain's birth, his father was a salesman at a New York City camera store as well as a floor manager at a record store. Pierre Bourdain later became an executive for Columbia Records, and Gladys Bourdain was a staff editor at The New York Times.  Bourdain's paternal grandparents were French; his paternal grandfather emigrated from Arcachon to New York following World War I. Bourdain's father spent summers in France as a boy and grew up speaking French.

Bourdain spent most of his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey.  In a 2014 interview, Bourdain talked about how in the 1960s, after seeing films, he would go to a restaurant afterwards with friends and discuss the film. In his youth, Bourdain was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

CULINARY TRAINING AND CAREER

Bourdain wrote that his love of food was kindled in his youth while on a family vacation in France, when he tried his first oyster on a fisherman's boat. He graduated from the Dwight-Englewood School—an independent coeducational college-preparatory day school in Englewood, New Jersey—in 1973,  then enrolled at Vassar College, but dropped out after two years.  He worked in seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, while attending Vassar, which inspired his decision to pursue cooking as a career.

Bourdain attended The Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1978. From there he went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City—including the Supper Club, One-Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s.

In 1998, Bourdain became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. Based in Manhattan, at the time the brand had additional restaurants in Miami, Washington, DC, and Tokyo. Bourdain remained executive chef there for many years, and, even when no longer formally employed at Les Halles, maintained a relationship with the restaurant, which described him in January 2014 as their "chef at large." Les Halles closed in 2017, after filing for bankruptcy.


Awards and nominations

  • Bourdain was named Food Writer of the Year in 2001 by Bon-Appétit magazine for Kitchen Confidential.
  • A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal was named Food Book of the Year in 2002 by the British Guild of Food Writers.
  • The Beirut episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which documented the experiences of Bourdain and his crew during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming in 2007.
  • Bourdain's blog for the reality competition show Top Chef was nominated for a Webby Award for best Blog – Culture/Personal in 2008.
  • In 2008, Bourdain was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America.
  • In 2009 and 2011, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.
  • In 2010, Bourdain was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.
  • In 2012, Bourdain was awarded an Honorary Clio Award, which is given to individuals who are changing the world by encouraging people to think differently.
  • In 2012, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations won the Critics' Choice Best Reality Series award.
  • In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Bourdain was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for The Taste.
  • Each year from 2013 to 2016 & 2018, Bourdain won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
  • In 2014, the 2013 season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown won a Peabody Award, which was accepted by Bourdain.
  • In December 2017, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa in the Culinary Arts to Bourdain, who graduated from the CIA with an associate degree in 1978.
  • In 2018, Explore Parts Unknown won a 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series in partnership with Roads & Kingdoms. 
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