TV Personality, Author, and Food Hero Anthony Bourdain Has Died at 61

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The food world is in mourning after hearing about the news of Anthony Bourdain’s sudden death. CNN confirmed the news of The Parts Unknown host’s passing.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain was in France filming his latest episode of his award-winning travel/food show Parts Unknown. He rose to celebrity chef stardom after releasing his first book—Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly in 2000. The New York Bestseller was then followed up by Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine To The World Of Food And The People Who Cook. His last book, Appetites: A Cookbook  focused on his favorite home-cooked recipes inspired by the dishes he would cook for his daughter and his extensive world travels.   

As one of the strongest voices in food media, Bourdain has inspired so many with his quick wit, dark humor, and raw passion for anything gastronomic. A prolific storyteller, Bourdain visited the Philippines thrice, first for his TLC show No Reservations and second for his current CNN program Parts Unknown in Season 7. His last visit in the country was for the 2017 World Street Food Congress where he spoke about his love for street food and its future on a global scale.