Culinary master, top chef, book author and charming TV host Anthony Bourdain, was found dead in his hotel room in France, reports CNN. It was on the Atlanta TV channel that Bourdain did his travel show for years.
Bourdain has been living in France in recent weeks working on the new episode of his hit TV series "Parts Unknown," which airs on CNN.
His close friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found Bourdain unconscious in his hotel room this morning. According to CNN's initial information, the top chef took his own life, but the police have not yet officially confirmed it.
Anthony Bourdain was married twice, and from his second wife, Ottavia Busia, he has a daughter - Ariana. She was born in 2007. Bourdain divorced Ottavia in 2016 and shortly after began dating Italian actress Asia Argento.
Bourdain and Asia Argento. Photo: Reuters
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Anthony Bourdain is one of the most famous chefs in the world. He worked as an executive chef for more than 30 years at the legendary restaurant Brasserie Les Halles in New York City and is one of the highest paid chefs in the culinary business according to the ranking of Forbes magazine - "Top 10 richest chefs in the world" (2008 d.). He is rude, constantly insulting, does not wear starched white clothes or spectacular tall hats. Add to that the use of an obscene amount of alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex, Bourdain quite deservedly earned the nickname the Bad Boy of the culinary industry. In addition, he is a great cook, a talented writer and can infect anyone with his passion for food of all kinds. It is his passion and adventurous spirit that have earned him millions of gourmet fans around the world.
Anthony Bourdain was born in 1956. He attended Vassar College and graduated from the world famous Culinary Institute of America (KIA). He has worked at numerous restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan's.
He is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers and his articles on culinary secrets have appeared in the pages of The Times, New York Times, Observer, Face, Scotland on Sunday and Food Arts.
Bourdain is tempted by literature and is the author of several books, including two crime novels - Gone Bamboo (1997) and Bone in the Throat (1995).
His article "Don't Eat Before You Read This", published in The New Yorker, became incredibly popular, and as its natural extension, the autobiographical novel Kitchen Confidential (IC "Kragozor") was born.
The book offers a look behind the glamorous world of restaurant salons and reveals Bourdain's personal story. It becomes a worldwide super-successful bestseller.
In 2002, the Food Network television channel produced a 22-episode show with Bourdain's participation - "A Chef's Journey in Search of the Perfect Dish" (translated in Bulgaria as "Gastronomy Tour"), in which he traveled all over world and satisfies his culinary curiosity by tasting the most extreme foods he can find in different countries.
His recipe cookbooks are also extremely successful among professionals and amateurs alike.