Anthony Bourdain, the notable chef, author, and television host, has died at the age of 61. CNN reported that he was found “unresponsive” in his hotel room in France this morning by his friend, chef Eric Ripert. The cause of death is reported to be suicide.
Charleston chefs and industry people have been sharing their tributes, recollections, and favorite quotes from the outspoken rock-star chef this today.
Chef Sean Brock spoke to Eater this morning with the following reaction:
I will dearly miss my friend Anthony Bourdain.
Whether it is mental illness, substance abuse, or anything else that may cause pain: suffering is not shameful and asking for help is not weakness.
This serves as a reminder that just because people appear to be living a “perfect” life, they may be struggling and need help.
If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of the ones we love.
Every life is so incredibly valuable and equally as fragile.
Other food and beverage names in Charleston posted their thoughts on social media.
Chef Vinson Petrillo shared a photo of him and Bourdain at Zero Restaurant + Bar, writing, “I wish I could have been like you.”
The Griffon Pub posted a photo of Bourdain and Brock from the filming of the Charleston episode of Parts Unknown.
Chef Emily Hahn of the Getaway told a story about cooking dinner for Bourdain.
I once cooked you a hanger steak @eatatfig , must have gone to the bathroom 17 times just to sweep the dining room to see you (back in 2005), this of course meant to me that “I cooked for a celebrity.” And of course I told everyone we met and that made us total buds. Thank you for all that you did for all of us. Xo
Short Grain chef Shuai Wang posted a quote from Barack Obama.
Former Butter Tapas chef April Robinson talked about the importance of support in the food and beverage community.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in Atlanta Food and Wine. It was great experience but one of the best parts was the Nourishing you BREAKfast. Me and my greedy butt thought I was going to a special breakfast for The talent before we started it day. While they did serve muffins this BREAKfast was about the magnitude of mental illness and depression in this field. As I looked around and realized I wasn’t going to be eating I knew this was exactly were I needed to be. After coming from 5 years of running a restaurant/ bakery and losing my father 6 months ago. I feared the sunken place. I was told to sit down, relax, be still etc but in this high paced push push business it’s hard to know when. Its hard to have certain conversations out of fear appearing weak or less than. This is what we talked about at BREAKfast @atlfoodandwine PEOPLE, CHEFS, DESIGNERS, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, ATHLETES, ENTERTAINERS. I encourage you to speak out! Take time for YOU! People sometimes give so much of THEMSELVES that they forget about THEM! Always being accessible, ON! That shit is draining. I encourage you shut down and say F everything! Miss a few days of work, the kids will be ok, the fans will be ok, the club or organization will be ok! The world needs you! You need you. I pray for sound mind for everyone out there battling self! #checkonyourstrongfriends They need to be weak and feel it’s ok to be. #knowtopray
The Getaway dedicated tonight’s service to Bourdain.
Effin B Radio creator Lindsay Collins recalled the time Bourdain came into Per Se.
The first time I met @anthonybourdain he walked into the kitchen at Per Se and sarcastically announced “you’re the most spoiled bunch of babies in all of New York City!” Every chef laughed and shouted “yes Chef!” in unison. As with most everything pertaining to food, he was right. Please listen and be kind to one another. NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1 800 273 8255
Queen Street Grocery paid tribute to Bourdain with a special.
“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life” so true Mr. Bourdain, so true. Whether it’s a simple sandwich or a 5⭐️meal, food brings us all together. Bourdain was a giant among men, a force to be reckoned with. Authenticity matters, and Tony had it in spades. Our simple Sammie today is for all the nomads, the truth-seekers, and the people that bust their ass to bring good food to your table. RIP Tony, Good food is simple food. The Tony: Cajun Turkey, Bacon , Pepperjack Avocado , Arugula, Red Onion and Creole Aioli on Wheat Toast @robbouton #PartsUnknown #notyouraveragecornerstore
Xao Bao Biscuit credited Bourdain for many of today’s cooks.
Southern Fork podcast creator Stephanie Burt offered, “Anthony Bourdain was my John Lennon.”
Warehouse called Bourdain a legend.
Inspired by Bourdain, the Royal America told followers to “Leave your comfort zone.”
To live a life so full of travel, food & drink, friends, and culture. Thank you for inspiring us, and for showing us by example that it’s so important to get out into the world. Get another perspective. Leave your comfort zone. Break bread with someone who doesn’t look like you, or eat like you, or sound like you. Embrace our differences. Here’s to your next journey into the unknown. Thank you, thank you.
Cru Cafe/Purlieu chef Jon Zucker shared about the time he met Bourdain at the now-defunct Big John’s Tavern.
2 Nixons chef Jeffrey Stoneberger talked about sharing a beer with Bourdain.
I cannot even fathom how great a loss @anthonybourdain is to so many human beings. This man’s voice gave me comfort through many very dark nights. I’ve spent days of my life watching him and finding comfort that this guy got it. RIP chef. I’ll never forget getting to hang and and just drink beer and shoot the shit with Tony. This man was bigger than Jordan to me for you & your family
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or self-harm or is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. For international resources, here is a good place to begin.