"He changed the game", said Chandra about the man the Smithsonian called "the original rock star" of the culinary world. In response, I would quietly think, "I hate me too", and "Please, take my life".
Travel and food superstar Anthony Bourdain died of a reported suicide and was found dead Friday, June 8, according to CNN. I want to be here. For him, food, though a huge pleasure, was more importantly a storytelling tool, and a passport to the world at large.
Sometimes I admitted aloud that I no longer wished to live. "I'm not going to remember your birthday". "I feel lucky to have one thing in common with Anthony".
Anthony Bourdain opened up about his battle with depression during an episode of his travel show Parts Unknown, saying how he can sink into a spiral which "lasts for days".
"There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment, "prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told the Associated Press on Friday". He always went home between filming episodes to spend time with is 11-year-old daughter, Ariana, who lives with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia, a mixed-martial-arts fighter, in NY. But Bourdain posted a cozy photo of the two on May 27 after they wrapped what the TV chef described as a "cinematic dream" of filming an episode of Parts Unknown in Hong Kong with director Asia Argento and his "cinematographer idol" Christopher Doyle. I really understand.' But mostly are listening and empathic. In "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel, he went to Haiti after the devastating quake in 2011, and reflected on his ambivalence at being there.
And if you are that friend, go ahead and reach out to people, even those that seem like they have it all together.
There was, of course, a more lighthearted side to his travels, including some wild and freakish eating experiences.
At CNN in Atlanta, a mourner placed a flower and a note next to a poster of Bourdain in the lobby. "Kitchen Confidential" was No. 1.
Inside the restaurant, as hungry customers poured in for lunch today, diners gave extra attention to the glass box in which the table and chairs used by Bourdain and Obama are preserved. He became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.
"The new celebrity chef culture is a remarkable and admittedly annoying phenomenon", he wrote. The people in the restaurant-once they got over their shock at seeing the leader of the free world happily slurping noodles at a nearby table - clearly loved that Obama was eating and enjoying their food.
Fans of Anthony Bourdain have been joined by former United States president Barack Obama and UK celebrity chefs in mourning his loss.