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RIP Anthony Bourdain

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I don't usually have celebrity "heroes" but Bourdain has always been top on my short list of people I admire. Have one of his books on my nightstand that I have been reading each night before bed. This sucks. 

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I've been a fan of his shows and writing for quite a while and while it was a shock to hear he was gone, the news that it was a suicide didn't seem out of place or even unexpected. Part of his personality has always been the jaded New Yorker who had seen everything and couldn't be impressed. When he started doing food travel, though, you got to see glimpses of honest surprise and joy when he got out among regular people and found himself enjoying himself, sometimes surprisingly, sometimes with a bit of self aware embarrassment. And he always seemed to be chasing those moments because they just didn't stay with him long. In many ways, he seemed to envy the simple enjoyment and fulfillment he saw others having in their lives around the world, sometimes in places we would think were Hellish in their difficulty. 

That's a tough millstone to hang around your neck and it could lead to chasing around the world to find happiness but never finding a lasting one.

RIP Anthony, I hope you find the solace and simple joy that lasts.

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12 minutes ago, Johnny Rockets said:

I don't usually have celebrity "heroes" but Bourdain has always been top on my short list of people I admire. Have one of his books on my nightstand that I have been reading each night before bed. This sucks. 

yeah...

He probably got a diagnosis he didn't like, and said fug it.

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23 minutes ago, Khyber53 said:

I've been a fan of his shows and writing for quite a while and while it was a shock to hear he was gone, the news that it was a suicide didn't seem out of place or even unexpected. Part of his personality has always been the jaded New Yorker who had seen everything and couldn't be impressed. When he started doing food travel, though, you got to see glimpses of honest surprise and joy when he got out among regular people and found himself enjoying himself, sometimes surprisingly, sometimes with a bit of self aware embarrassment. And he always seemed to be chasing those moments because they just didn't stay with him long. In many ways, he seemed to envy the simple enjoyment and fulfillment he saw others having in their lives around the world, sometimes in places we would think were Hellish in their difficulty. 

That's a tough millstone to hang around your neck and it could lead to chasing around the world to find happiness but never finding a lasting one.

RIP Anthony, I hope you find the solace and simple joy that lasts.

You put into words exactly what I have been thinking this morning. Perfectly stated.  

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Really bummed to wake up to this news.

My little story involved with him: in 2014 my wife and I did our honeymoon at an amazing, tiny boutique hotel in the remote Jamaican town of Port Antonio. It's far from the tourist destinations usually associated with Jamaica, accessible either by helicopter or a winding two hour drive through the Jamaican mountains from Kingston. The hotel only has about 10 villas I believe. For the first few days it seemed like we were the only guests staying there, save for a couple of American-looking young dudes about our age on their laptops every morning at breakfast. Anyway, one day my wife comes into our room exclaiming, "I think I just walked right past Anthony Bourdain.". I was shocked to say the least. She said he looked super-haggard, to which I replied that's just how he rolls. Turns out those young dudes were his producers and they had landed a few days before he arrived. They were filming the season finally in this remote part of Jamaica and he was staying at our hotel, Trident.

I got myself together and went out on the property to see if I could casually bump into him and shoot the poo. I found him lounging at the private beach all alone, sitting in a beach chair messing with his phone. I decided not to bother him, as it seemed like he had finally found a peaceful moment to himself and I didn't want to be "that guy". I figured we'd see him at the hotel bar soon enough anyway.

Turns out he left the hotel that day to bounce around to another spot. The show must go on as they say. His producers said they had just gotten back from a grueling shoot in Iran, so that would explain why he was so worn out. Anyway, I can't say I don't sort of regret not speaking to him now that he's gone.

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He will be missed. Book sales about to go through the roof.

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Sucks....was one of the only "food shows" my wife will watch with me, she's really bummed.

 

RIP Anthony.

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Bummed. I've been binge watching Parts Unknown, trying to get done before it leaves Netflix in a little over a week.

I just saw that Jamaican episode you're talking about Cary. It was just a couple of days ago actually.

Terrible feelings for those who knew him, or were fans, and especially his daughter.

Sad day.

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I was in culinary school myself when Kitchen Confidential came out. I had friends that read that book while in school and dropped out because it scared them. For me, it locked me in to the industry Bourdaine use to say that kitchens were the last place for the misfit, and that’s kind of where I was in my life at that time, I knew I was on the right path.

I was working in a restaurant when cooks tour came out and we throw it up on the bar TV after hours and laugh and drink ( The ep where he eats lizard was especially memorable)

I heard him lecture a few times

 

Wow man :crying:

 

R I P Chef

 

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Parts Unknown was the only show on Netflix we actually binged watched.  As many have said, not surprising but still sucks because he's one of the celebrities that I crushed on.  He fault valiently against pretension and inauthenticity.  His interaction/friendship with Eric Ripert was always a real world, perfect version of the Odd Couple.  

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