Tight Friends Remember Anthony Bourdain

Tight Friends Remember Anthony Bourdain

Tight friends remember Anthony Bourdain, five months after his suicide.

The renowned TV personality and chef hung himself in France on June 8.

There was the usual shock and disbelief over his suicide.

But later it became apparent Bourdain had been having suicidal thoughts for a long time.

And that is quite common about people committing suicide.

One article cited 19 separate instances where the late chef publicly mentioned killing himself.

Tight Friends Remember Anthony Bourdain

But now his best friend, chef Éric Ripert, and longtime executive producer Sandra Zweig, remember Bourdain.

And they remember all the great and wonderful things about Bourdain.

Bourdain was a trend setter.

He changed the world in two major ways.

One, he took travelling to various world destination to a new level.

Gone was the traditional travelogue show.

With Bourdain you got a slice of life to the destinations he travelled to.

The people you met watching his show were real and genuine.

And as a result you got a great sense of what a particular country or city was really all about.

Two, he took the world’s food scene to a new level.

Gone were the traditional visits to the culinary hot spots. The world’s top restaurants where eating out was a refined, stilted experience without any soul.

Instead Bourdain ventured into the everyday cafes and corner restaurants, patronized by the locals.

But for a change of pace, every once in a while, he would visit and eat at a top-notch, renowned restaurant.

But that was rare.

Tight Friends Remember Anthony Bourdain

In an article in GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly)  Ripert assesses Bourdain’s impact this way:

“He has changed the way we see the world. He has changed the way television covers travel shows and food shows.

“Who would have known what happened in Congo or in Libya except through his eyes? He was giving a voice to people. His show was not a food show.

“It was not a travel show. It was much bigger than that. All of this, I think, it’s something that will never be forgotten.”

And Zweig in the same article says

“He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”

“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this.”

And that statement is common by people when they find out a friend or relative has killed themselves.

For the most part it receives little, if any, media coverage.

Only does it emerge front-and-centre when major personalities kill themselves.


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