Anthony Bourdain, renowned traveling chef, has died at age 61.
The news broke Friday morning when CNN reported that Bourdain took his own life in a hotel in France. This comes on the heels of designer Kate Spade’s suicide just two days ago.
CNN was home to Bourdain’s TV series, “Parts Unknown.” The network issued a statement along with the announcement:
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bourdain started out his career learning the ins and outs of the food world as a chef. In 1999, he published an article in the New Yorker called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” The article transitioned to a bestselling book the following year.
After “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” was published, everything changed. He moved to the evolving medium of TV, becoming a celebrity chef who started traveling the world and telling stories of food, culture, and people.
Bourdain has hosted several different shows both for the Travel Channel and CNN. He earned his first Emmy nomination in 2010 for “No Reservations.” Over the next 7 years, he would go on to more nominations and eventually wins for “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” He also scored nominations for the competition series “The Taste” on ABC.
When he won a Peabody Award in 2013, the judges said:
“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious. People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
Anthony Bourdain is survived by one daughter.