Anthony Bourdain’s Legacy Is As Big As His Love For Food And Culture Was

Anthony Bourdain was on television for so long that his fans began to feel like his family. He was a traveler, chef, and author who thoughtfully observed the world and invited us along for the ride. He would go to places forgotten to celebrate their life and cultures. While he started his life as a chef, he ended it as an icon. While it’s impossible to piece together the events that led to Bourdain’s final decision, the impact he left after 61 years on this planet in obvious.

Bourdain Started As a Chef In Manhattan

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From the time he was young Anthony Bourdain knew he wanted to be a chef. He fell in love with food when he visited his grandparents in France and graduated from the Culinary Arts Institute of America in 1978.

After graduating, he began working at various restaurants, eventually becoming the Executive Chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. With success came a wild lifestyle that included alcohol and any drugs he could get his hands on. His passion for cooking and culture, however, would always be his guiding light.