By Kaya Deters

Anthony Michael Bourdain, Celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian passed away Friday morning of June 8th, 2018. According to CNN Bourdain was in France shooting an episode of his show ‘Parts Unknown’ when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room.

Bourdain’s passion for food sparked in his youth when he went on a trip to France with his family. He got a chance to try an oyster which is known as a delicacy, and ever since he was fascinated with food. He started as a dishwasher in a famous lobster restaurant, and from there we went on to pursue his dream. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America at age 22, he went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York.

In 2000 Bourdain released his first book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” It is both a memoir and an inside look at restaurant kitchens. The book contains real stories of the chaos that goes on inside New York’s commercial kitchens. Although Bourdain did go on to write more books, Kitchen Confidential is currently his best selling book. The success from his book led him to host a show on the Food Network “A Cook’s Tour.” The show consisted of Bourdain traveling to exotic countries to look for culture and cuisine.

Bourdain believed that food brought people together. Cooking and eating as a community is a great way to share your culture with others. When Bourdain traveled he avoided large resorts, he searched for local neighborhoods that had charm and character. Bourdain made it clear in this TV show that he was not an educator but was an avid learner, always having an open mind.