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In an age of celebrities, Bourdain fought for the underdog

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Stacy Diaz | 10 June, 2018, 20:15

Bourdain was passionate about his work on Parts Unknown. In response, I would quietly think, "I hate me too", and "Please, take my life".

Obama and Bourdain met when both were traveling in Southeast Asia to share bowls of bun cha, a North Vietnamese specialty of spicy pork patties with noodles in a garlicky broth. For him, food, though a huge pleasure, was more importantly a storytelling tool, and a passport to the world at large. I don't live by those rules. This is how I'll remember Tony.

Television networks, viewers, readers and restauranteurs are paying tribute to Anthony Bourdain this weekend, one day after he was found dead in a hotel room in France. Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Associated Press that the Parts Unknown host used a bathrobe belt to commit suicide. He married again two years later to Ottavia Busia, with whom he had his first and only child, a now 11-year-old daughter named Ariane. As I would continue to have adventures and enviable gigs, good-natured friends and supporters would post on social media, "Jealous", "You're so lucky", "I hate you", and, "I want your life".

Bourdain's partner, Asia Argento, also spoke out via Instagram on Friday.

"I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women", he wrote on in a 2017 essay on Medium.

'He was my love, my rock, my protector. Food writer Andrea Nguyen, whose cookbook on the Vietnamese national soup, Pho, also earned a James Beard award this year, tweeted after that memorable dinner, that the table at which the president and Bourdain dined "was encased like a museum piece at the restaurant". In "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel, he went to Haiti after the devastating natural disaster in 2011, and reflected on his ambivalence at being there.

There was, of course, a more lighthearted side to his travels, including some wild and weird eating experiences. Bourdain is seen here in the CNN series "Parts Unknown". "Kitchen Confidential" was No. 1. He spent years as a line cook and sous chef at restaurants in the Northeast before becoming executive chef at Manhattan's Brasserie Les Halles.

The chef was loved by people all over the world.

We thought it only fitting to allow Westchester's chefs and restaurateurs to give Bourdain the more personal send-off he deserves. Many earned his unfettered scorn. They were very down to earth no fuss. He called Sandra Lee "pure evil", and worse. He was found unresponsive by his close friend and fellow chef Éric Ripert.

Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the NY restaurant.

Fans of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who officials say committed suicide in France on Friday, flocked to the NY restaurant where he was an executive chef to pay tribute to him.