b. 1956 - d. 2018
Residence: Culinary Institute of America, Vassar College
Profession: Author, Celebrity, Chef
Anthony Michael Bourdain was born June 25th, 1956 to French and Jewish parents in New York City. Although he grew up in New Jersey and later traveled the world, Bourdain spent a significant portion of his life in the Hudson River Valley. Initially, he attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, but dropped out after two years to pursue the culinary arts. He then attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, graduating in 1978. Bourdain got his big break in the early 2000s, and would go on to run numerous high-profile restaurants, write several books, and produce and star in several culinary and travel shows, as well as a few documentaries. A harsh critic of his own industry, many of his works received critical acclaim, and he very much became an icon of the culinary world. However, Bourdain had battled personal demons much of his life, including a heavy drug addiction. Unfortunately in 2018, still at the height of his career, Bourdain committed suicide in France while filming an episode of Parts Unknown, one of his tv shows.
Compiled by Demitria Bass
“Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity Chef Found Dead at 61.” BBC News. BBC, June 8, 2018. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44414747.