The world lost its original culinary badass and gifted storyteller. CNN reports that Anthony Bourdain was found dead. He was 61 years old.
"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." — A CNN Statement
He taught us that the culinary world and its kitchens were not all polite white tablecloth 12-course tasting menu affairs but were sometimes a drug-fueled f-bomb filled pressure cooker that would happily fill your Sunday brunch menu with questionable weekend leftovers.
His first book, Kitchen Confidential, was a revelation to the culinary world and its followers—a confessional memoir and brash exposé on the life of a chef and the underbelly of the restaurant industry. The book made him an instant celebrity and led to a jet-setting career outside the kitchen traveling as a host with the Travel Channel and CNN, hosting and producing popular food shows such as A Cook's Tour, No Reservations, The Layover, and most recently, Parts Unknown.