Anthony Bourdain

Chef Anthony Michael Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American television personality who starred in programs devoted to exploring international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. In 1978, Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked in various professional kitchens throughout his career, including several years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. His best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was the book that first made him famous (2000).

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Education & Culinary training

Bourdain previously wrote that the love of food he has immediately begun during his youth. The first time he tried an oyster while on vacation in France in an oyster fisherman's boat that his affections for food kindled. Anthony graduated in 1973 from Dwight-Englewood School and continued his education in Vassar College for the next two years before dropping out. Alongside college Anthony also worked at the Massachusetts restaurants in Provincetown. His experience and exposure during his time working for Massachusetts restaurants ignited his decision to take up cooking as a choice of career in the future.

In 1978, Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Only after he had graduated in 1978, he go on further to supervise and run kitchens of several well-known restaurants such as Sullivan's, One-Fifth Avenue, and Supper Club. Based primarily in Manhattan, Brasserie Les Halles hired Anthony as the executive chef. For several years, he remained in Brasserie Les Halles as the executive chef.

Advocacy and Interests

The deliciousness and high standard of street food which is freshly prepared within foreign, particularly those countries which are yet developing, has continuously been praised by Bourdain. He has also acknowledged the talent of immigrants from Mexico, Spain, and Ecuador who are working as chefs or cooks in US restaurants. Bourdain openly praises them for being the very backbone of American restaurants.


Bourdain has, to date, written three New York bestselling books, one of which is Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was followed by a sequel called Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine o the World of Food and the People Who Cook, which was released in 2010. His second New York Times bestseller was a nonfiction book called 'A Cook's Tour', which was published in 2001. 'A Cook's tour' consisted of detailed accounts of Anthony's personal experiences during his travels and food from around the globe. Another bestseller published in 2006 by Anthony was 'The Nasty Bits', which also pertained to essays whose primary focus was always food.

Other publications by Anthony were printed via many renowned agencies such as Limb by Limb, Scotland on Sunday, The Times, The Observer, Food Arts, The Independent, The Times, and many more. Bourdain also took up writing a blog over the internet of Top Chef; the blog itself gained a vast audience and was nominated for the best blog category of Webby Award. A graphic novel with 'Get Jiro!' was also co-written by Anthony in 2012 for DC Comics/Vertigo.


The Bestseller, Kitchen Confidential, eventually was followed by an offer for Bourdain to host his own worldwide travel as well as a food show. The show was called 'A Cook's Tour' premiered at the beginning of 2002 and continued till 2003 with 35 episodes.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premiered in July 2005 on the Travel Channel. A year after the No Reservations' premiere, Bourdain and his crew got caught between the Isreal-Lebanon conflict, which broke out. Boudain and his crew were in Beirut when the aggression broke out, leading to the filming of a wide range of intense first-hand encounters during the conflict. The crew, Bourdain, andh other American citizens were finally evacuated on July 20 by the United States Marine Corps. The filmed ordeal witnessed within Beirut was compiled and aired later on during the 3rd week of August 2006. The Beirut episode was then also nominated in 2007 under a category of The Emmy's.

'The Layover' consisted of ten episodes, each of which was one hour long in duration, and hosted by Bourdain was also a project under The Travel Channel. The Layover was premiered in 2011. However, in 2012 Bourdain announced the decision to leave the Travel Channel, reasons of which were further discussed on his blog.

On April 14, 2013, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was premiered by CNN, which Bourdain hosted. The show itself was based upon foreign cultures as well as cuisines. An episode that aired in Sept 2016 shot in Vietnam also featured President Barack Obama.

Quick Facts
Date of Birth: 25-06-1956
Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Net Worth: $9 Million
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
T.V. Show(s): Television producer
Ex. Wife: Nancy Putkoski
Divorced Date: 2005
Marriage Date: 2007
Marital Status: Married
Children: Ariane Bourdain
Salary: $1,090,909
Birth Sign: Gemini
Alma Mater: Culinary Institute of America, Vassar College
Nationality: American
Profession: Chef, Producer, Television Personality
Birth Date: 25 Jun, 1956
Age: 63 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: New York City
residence: Manhattan
Education: Vassar College
The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park
Gender: Male
Description: American chef and television personality
Twitter Id: Bourdain
Net Worth 2021: 1.2 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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