Anthony Bourdain Reportedly Cremated in France, Ashes Will Be Flown to U.S.

Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France, and his ashes will be flown to the United States on Friday (Jun. 15), according to a new report from People Magazine.

The 61-year-old chef, TV host and author was found dead of suicide in his hotel room in Kayserberg, France last Friday (Jun. 8) while he was in the country shooting an upcoming episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown with his close friend, French-born chef Eric Ripert.

According to CNN, Ripert was the one who found Bourdain dead. French officials said Bourdain committed suicide by hanging himself with the belt from his bathrobe.

French prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said there was no evidence of foul play or violence involved in the celebrity chef’s death, and a medical expert did not find any signs of violence on Bourdain’s body. “Nothing suggested the involvement of a third person,” Rocquigny said.

Toxicology tests will be performed to determine is Bourdain was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when he died.

Anthony Bourdain is survived by his mother, Gladys Bourdain, his brother, Christopher Bourdain, his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain, his estranged wife Ottavia Busia, and his girlfriend Asia Argento.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia Shares Photo of “Strong and Brave” Daughter

Anthony Bourdain’s ex-wife Ottavia Busia shared a photo of their daughter Ariane, calling the 11-year-old “so strong and brave” just days after the celebrity chef’s suicide.

RELATED: Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia

Busia posted the photo on Instagram early Monday morning (Jun. 11) showing Ariane—wearing black and tall studded boots—holding a microphone while performing a concert at DROM music venue in Manhattan’s Alphabet City.

RELATED: Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain & Ottavia Busia’s Daughter Ariane

“Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave,” the proud mom captioned the pic. “She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”

Ariane is Bourdain and Busia’s only child.

Bourdain and Busia—an Italian-born trained MMA fighter who studied the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu—were married for nine years, between 2007 and 2016. They wed the week after Ariane’s birth.

RELATED: Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s First Ex-Wife Nancy Putkoski

Ottavia was Anthony’s second wife. His first marriage, with a woman named Nancy Putkoski, lasted for 20 years, between 1985 and 2005. He was dating Italian actress Asia Argento at the time of his death, though reports suggest they were estranged in his final days (either that or she was cheating on him with a French journalist).

RELATED: Did Anthony Bourdain Kill Himself Because His Girlfriend Asia Argento Was Cheating On Him?

The Parts Unknown host was in the middle of filming his award-winning CNN travel food show in France when he was found dead in his hotel room after hanging himself. The 61-year-old’s body was discovered by his close friend, fellow chef Eric Ripert, early Friday morning (Jun. 8).

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Anthony Bourdain’s Girlfriend Asia Argento Was Cheating Before His Suicide?

Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France early Friday morning (Jun. 8) after killing himself.

According to reports, his good friend, chef Eric Ripert, was the one who discovered him. The two were in France shooting for Bourdain’s CNN show Parts Unknown. French authorities have confirmed that Bourdain’s method of suicide was by hanging himself with his bathrobe’s belt.

We know when Anthony Bourdain died, we know how he died, and we know where he died. But one question still remains. Why did he choose to end his own life?

Bourdain was in a relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento at the time of his death. The couple started dating in early 2017 and went public with their romance in September 2017 on the red carpet of the annual Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles.

Before dating Argento, Bourdain was married twice. His first marriage, to a woman named Nancy Putkoski, lasted 20 years, between 1985 and 2005. He married again a year later to Ottavia Busia, with whom he had his first and only child, a now 11-year-old daughter named Ariane.

Bourdain and Busia divorced in 2016, just one year before they would celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, due to his extensive work schedule, which required him to travel at least 250 days out of the year. Coincidentally, that’s the same reason his first marriage didn’t work out.

But his last relationship, with Asia Argento, was different. Because she was an actress, she understood the high demands of Hollywood.

Argento reportedly lives in Vigna Clara, which is north of Rome. She and Bourdain both loved to work, which is something they had in common. Bourdain explained to People, “We both work a lot and we’re both away from home a lot so we’re both circus freaks in the same circus—or different circuses I guess. He continued, “I’m a person who likes being busy, I need a project always. I’m not a person, obviously, who’s happy being idle for too long. I like waking up with things to do. I have a restless, creative mind.”

Bourdain said in a separate interview with People, “This woman likes to work. She is strong, independent, creative, and needs to have an obsession, needs to make things … I think we’re both relieved by the fact that we both respect each other’s work. Nobody’s ever going to say, ‘Oh, but you promised we were going to go to the beach.’ No, you get a gig, that’s it. Work first.”

So a long distance relationship worked between Bourdain and Argento. Yet still, the question remains… why did he kill himself if he and Argento were so happy?

TMZ may have the answer to that question. According to the gossip site, the couple “seemed tight as ever just last week,” however, “something changed within the last few days.”

Asia and Anthony were on a shoot together for Bourdain’s Parts Unknown TV show in Hong Kong that reportedly wrapped about a week ago. Anthony posted shared a photo on Instagram of the crew, including Asia, who was sitting right beside him.

The week before that, the couple were together in Florence, Italy, and still appeared to be happy and romantic.

But, according to TMZ, while Anthony was in France shooting his show, Asia was spotted back in Rome “strolling around with a French reporter named Hugo Clément.”

An Italian photographer apparently snapped photos of Argento and Clément “holding hands and hugging,” TMZ reported, however, the photog pulled the pics off the market right after news of Bourdain’s broke.

It wasn’t clear whether Anthony and Asia had broken up, but if they did, they hadn’t yet made a public announcement. Their last public appearance together was back in April at an event in New York City, TMZ noted.

So, now we’re left with the question: Did Anthony Bourdain kill himself because Asia Argento was cheating on him? Since, as far as we know, he didn’t leave a suicide note, we’ll never know why he committed suicide. However, based on interviews he conducted after his divorce from his first wife, Nancy Putkoski, Bourdain didn’t handle breakups well.

After he and Putkoski split, Bourdain said he coped by self-medicating and behaving “in a completely irresponsible and suicide way.” He told Daily Life in a 2012 interview, “I didn’t value my own life and acted accordingly. I had put myself in a very dark place and behaved recklessly in the not-too-subconscious hope that something terrible would happen. I was doing everything possible—smoking pot, drink-driving—to invite that.” He went on to say that “divorce was just the work thing in the world: it was f**king awful.”

“It wasn’t that it was even a contentious divorce, there was no long, litigious battle; it’s just a terrible thing when a relationship that great ends,” he added.

So, it’s highly possible that if Asia was, in fact, cheating on him, or if they had recently broken up, he made the decision to end his own life, considering that those thoughts had passed through his mind before. But who knows what was going through Anthony Bourdain’s mind in his final moments, other than Bourdain himself.

For what it’s worth, Asia posted and deleted a bizarre Instagram story before Bourdain’s death was reported.

About three hours before the news broke of Anthony Bourdain’s apparent suicide, Argento shared a cryptic message to her Instagram story. The story included a photo of herself wearing a ripped t-shirt that read “F**K EVERYONE.” She captioned the post, “You know who you are.”

After deleting the story, she posted a note to Instagram and Twitter calling Bourdain a “brilliant, fearless spirit” who “touched and inspired so many.”

Anthony Bourdain was 61.

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Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s First Wife

4Due to Anthony’s extensive travels, he and Nancy divorced after 20 years of marriage, and Anthony became suicidal after the split.

Anthony Bourdain and Nancy Putkoski were very close throughout their marriage. They were so close, in fact, that despite his busy travel schedule, he would often write her long emails.

One time, according to the New Yorker, after passing out after taking medicine for an illness and drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, he woke up emotionally shaken, and he went back to his villa to write a long email to Nancy to help clear his head.

When asked about what he wrote, he told the New Yorker:

“The sort of thing you write if you, you know, thought you were going to die. ‘I’m f**king sorry. I’m sure I’ve acted like I wasn’t.’ We’ve had very little contact—you know, civil, but very, very little. ‘I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t help. It won’t fix it, there’s no making amends. But it’s not like I don’t remember. It’s not like I don’t know what I’ve done.’”

But, ultimately, Anthony’s extensive travel schedule took too much of a toll on their marriage, and they divorced after 20 years.

His marriage to Putkoski was his longest relationship. His marriage with Ottavia Busia, from 2007 to 2016, only lasted 9 years, and they said they split because of how much he had to travel for his career, which was the same reason why he and Putkoski broke up.

Bourdain told Daily Life that, like most couples, he and Putkoski had good times and bad times. “I spent almost two years traveling and filming ‘A Cook’s Tour’ and, as a result, my marriage fell apart,” he said.

He did try to save his first marriage though. According to the New Yorker, he remodeled their apartment, but they still failed to establish a travel schedule to accommodate both parties. He wanted to travel the world and she simply wanted to take a vacation once a year, so, ultimately, they divorced citing distance as the driving force.

After their split, Bourdain said he coped by self-medicating and behaving “in a completely irresponsible and suicide way.” He said, “I didn’t value my own life and acted accordingly. I had put myself in a very dark place and behaved recklessly in the not-too-subconscious hope that something terrible would happen. I was doing everything possible—smoking pot, drink-driving—to invite that.”

He said divorce was the worst thing in the world for him, even though it was pretty amicable and wasn’t contentious or long and drawn out like some divorces. “It’s just a terrible thing when a relationship that great ends,” he said.

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Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s Girlfriend




Anthony Bourdain—world-renowned chef, best-selling author, and Emmy-winning TV host—has died at the age of 61. According to CNN, Bourdain’s cause of death is suicide by hanging. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by his good friend, fellow chef Eric Ripert. The two were reportedly working on a new episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.

CNN released the following statement confirming Anthony Bourdain’s death:

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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 leaves behind two ex-wives (including MMA fighter Ottavia Busia), an 11-year-old daughter (Ariane), friends, colleagues, and his girlfriend Asia Argento, who he’s been dating since 2016.

Here’s what you need to know about Asia Argento and her relationship with Anthony Bourdain:

6Asia Argento is an Italian actress, director, model and activist.

Asia Argento hails from Rome, Italy and wears many hats as an actress, director, model and activist. According to the late Bourdain, Argento has been in the business since she was a child. Bourdain told People Magazine about Argento in a 2017 interview:

“She’s been in this circus since she was nine. She knows so much more about so many of the things that are important to me—music, books, film, the technical aspects of film, and just the weird state of celebrity, being somebody that people come up to. That’s something she’s dealt with a lot longer than me. I was 44 before that started happening. Whereas, it’s been like that for her since she was a kid.”

Bourdain added in a separate People Magazine interview last month:

“She comes from generations of filmmakers on both sides of the family. She’s a really accomplished director and writer along with being a longtime actress and a real sponge for culture, music, literature. So she’s enormously helpful and inspiring.”

Argento’s movie credits include 2002’s “xXx,” in which she co-starred along with Vin Diesel, 2005’s “Land of the Dead” and 2006’s “Marie Antoinette.” She also appeared in the final season of the TV series Mafiosa.

5Asia Argento was among the many women who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.


Asia Argento and Harvey Weinstein pictured in 2004

 

Asia Argento was one of the many who came forward to speak out against Hollywood serial rapist Harvey Weinstein. Her allegations against the fallen entertainment mogul were that he forced oral sex on her.

Argento stated in an interview with Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker that she was 21 years old when Weinstein allegedly raped her in 1997 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera.

She said Weinstein came into the hotel room with a bottle of lotion and wearing only a bathrobe. After asking her to give him a massage, Argento claimed Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex as she continued to tell him to stop. Argento explained, “I was not willing. I said, ‘No, no, no’ … It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale.” She said she eventually began to fake enjoying the oral sex hoping that would get Weinstein to stop. Her film Scarlet Diva was actually about her encounter with Weinstein, Fox News reported.

When Argento first made the rape allegations against Weinstein (who has denied the claims), her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, publicly voiced his support of her. At the time that Argento came forward, Bourdain tweeted, “”@AsiaArgento I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.”

According to The Independent, Bourdain, amid his “early, outspoken support for the #MeToo movement” cooked Thanksgiving dinner last year for Argento and two other of Weinstein’s accusers, Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra.

“It was an honor to cook for this meeting of the minds,” he captioned the photo, which all three women shared on their respective social media accounts. McGown called the evening “magical,” the Independent reported. In all, 86 women have so far accused Weinstein of rape.

4Bourdain and Argento had a long-distance relationship, but it worked for them.

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento made their first appearance together in September 2017 at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Due to their crazy and equally demanding work schedules, Bourdain and Argento had a long-distance relationship, but it appeared to work well for them.

Bourdain, who spends about 250 days a year shooting his CNN show Parts Unknown, told People Magazine that he made it his mission to make time for Argento, as well as his 11-year-old daughter Ariane (with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia). Bourdain split his time between living in New York (to visit his daughter) and Italy (to visit his girlfriend, Argento).

Argento reportedly lives in Vigna Clara, which is north of Rome. She and Bourdain both love to work, which is something they had in common. Bourdain explained to People, “We both work a lot and we’re both away from home a lot so we’re both circus freaks in the same circus—or different circuses I guess. He continued, “I’m a person who likes being busy, I need a project always. I’m not a person, obviously, who’s happy being idle for too long. I like waking up with things to do. I have a restless, creative mind.”

In a separate interview with People, Bourdain noted, “This woman likes to work. She is strong, independent, creative, and needs to have an obsession, needs to make things … I think we’re both relieved by the fact that we both respect each other’s work. Nobody’s ever going to say, ‘Oh, but you promised we were going to go to the beach.’ No, you get a gig, that’s it. Work first.”

3Asia Argento was previously married to filmmaker Michele Civetta.


Prior to her relationship with Anthony Bourdain, Asia Argento was previously married to Emmy-nominated film director Michele Civetta, the founder of the company Quintessence Films. The couple wed in 2008 and divorced in 2013.

Civetta’s directing credits include commercials for big brands such as Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Martini & Rossi. He also worked with a number of big celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Carrie Fisher and Lindsay Lohan.

He even worked with his ex-wife Argento, directing her music video “Ours” in 2013. According to IMDB, Civetta also directed Argento in a 2017 thriller called “The Executrix.”

2Asia Argento has two children from previous relationships, one with her ex-husband, director Michelle Civetta, and another with Italian singer Marco Castoldi (aka “Morgan”).

Asia Argento has one child with her ex-husband Michele Civetta, a son Nicola Giovanni Civetta, who was born in 2008. Prior to her marriage with Civetta, Argento had a daughter with singer Marco Castoldi, also known as “Morgan.”

Argento and Castoldi’s daughter, Anna Lou Castoldi, who was born in 2001, is already a working actress and is known for the movies “Misunderstood” (2014) and “Shadow” (2017). Argento’s daughter is named after her sister Anna Ceroli, who died in a motorcycle accident in the 1990’s.

1Asia Argento released a statement about Anthony Bourdain’s death on Twitter and reportedly shared a cryptic message on Instagram hours before the sad news was announced.


Asia Argento spoke out following Anthony Bourdain’s shocking death from an apparent suicide on Friday.

She said in a message posted to Twitter, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

According to People Magazine, about three hours before the news broke of Anthony Bourdain’s apparent suicide, Argento shared a cryptic message to her Instagram story.

The story included a photo of herself wearing a ripped t-shirt that read “F**K EVERYONE.” She captioned the post, “You know who you are.” The story has since been deleted.














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Ottavia Busia, Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife: Fast Facts & Photos

Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain died Friday (Jun. 8) of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. The “Parts Unknown” had hanged himself and was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France by his friend, chef Eric Ripert. Bourdain was in France shooting his CNN show “Parts Unknown” when he killed himself.

RELATED: Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain & Ottavia Busia’s Daughter Ariane

In addition to his legion of fans who are now mourning his loss, Bourdain is also survived by a family who loved him dearly, including his ex-wife Ottavia Busia and daughter Ariane.

The Bourdain family pictured in 2010

The pair married on April 20th, 2007, a little over a week after Busia gave birth to their now 11-year-old daughter Ariane. The couple announced their split in 2016, citing Bourdain’s demanding work and travel schedule for making their relationship impossible. Busia said in a statement to Page Six at the time, “Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship. Nothing has changed. We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family.”

Here’s what you need to know about Anthony Bourdain’s second ex-wife Ottavia Busia.

Ottavia Busia grew up in a small town in Italy and moved to the U.S. as a groupie with an Irish rock band.

In a 2012 interview with the New York Times, Ottavia Busia said that she grew up in a small town in the northern part of Italy. She said she was studying to be a dentist, but all of that changed in 2000 when Busia moved to the United States to follow an Irish rock band.

On music, Busia said her gym playlist was “pretty eclectic” and contained artists such as the Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Perl Jam and others.

Ottavia and Anthony were introduced by Anthony’s good friend, chef Eric Ripert.

In her interview with the Times, Busia said that her first job was a waitress in a pizzeria in Italy, and after moving to the U.S. she worked various restaurant jobs in New York City before becoming the general manager of a sushi restaurant called Geisha.

The restaurant’s consulting chef was Bourdain’s friend Eric Ripert—the man who would in later years find the CNN star dead. Ripert thought that Bourdain and Busia would hit it off so he introduced them to each other. Ripert told the Times, “It was what we call in French a coup de foudre,” which means love at first sight. And it certainly was, considering the pair got matching chef’s knife tattoos after “a few dates,” the NY Times reported.

Bourdain said in an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine that he fell in love with Busia while watching her devour a six-pound lobster. He also talked about how the couple had their first date in a cigar bar.

Busia told Married to a Chef that the restaurant business was what brought her and Bourdain together. She said that they would often meet after her shift and drink beers for hours on end while discussing the business. Busia said, “Anybody else would have been bored to death, or horrified, but for him it was enjoyable and it would bring back memories his days in the business.”

Busia said in her interview that Bourdain didn’t cook for her at home. When she was asked what the best part of being the spouse of a chef was, she answered, “Not the food!” She said, “My husband doesn’t cook at home, although if you ask him he’ll tell you I don’t let him, or that I don’t appreciate his cooking, which might or might not be true.”

Ottavia said that the biggest strain on her relationship with Anthony was his demanding work schedule.

Ottavia Busia said in a 2010 interview with the Miami New Times that the hardest part of her marriage to Anthony Bourdain was his constant traveling schedule for work. Busia joked that it had been her “childhood ambition to marry Anthony Bourdain.”

Busia said a perfect day for her would be drinking daiquiris with her husband while their daughter is “splashing around in the sea.” She added that her ideal date would be “a weekend room at #55 at the Chateau Marmont.”

Busia also revealed how her husband’s increasing fame impacted their lives.

“When I first met my husband he wasn’t particularly famous, he was recognized in certain circles but people wouldn’t stop him in the street. His level of popularity has now definitely increased, he has written more books, he does speaking engagements, and his shows are broadcast all over the world,” she said.

“I have to admit at first, when people started asking for pictures or autographs pretty much everywhere, it was a little unsettling, now I’m the one who offers to take the picture if someone approaches him,” she added. “I completely support everything he wants to do, whether it’s traveling to Libya, bungee jumping or writing a comic book.”

Expanding on her feelings regarding Bourdain’s demanding work schedule, Busia said, “I remember once waking up in the middle of the night terrified because someone was in my bed. That someone was my husband, I had just forgotten that he was home.”

Thanks to Busia’s MMA passion, Bourdain wrote in a 2013 Vice article: “Date night is pretty much going to a fight. In between we watch tapes of guys wrestling each other. Romantic? Not.”

Ottavia Busia is an MMA fighter, and she said Bourdain would often joke, “I married Sophia Loren and ended up with Jean Claude Van Damme.”

Ottavia Busia is a trained MMA fighter and she specialized in the art of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. She wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter about her love of MMA in 2016. Busia mentioned in her essay that Bourdain would often joke that he “married Sophia Loren and ended up with Jean-Claude Van Damme.”

She explained how she became interested in the sport, writing:

I began kickboxing on the Upper East Side shortly after the birth of my daughter nine years ago. The gyms and locker rooms there smelled of fresh blowouts and nail polish.

Like me, most of the other women were there to “get their body back” after pregnancy or to learn self-defense. But even after I had “gotten my body back” and finished the self-defense classes, I found myself wanting more. I was hooked.

When I decide I like something, I go in all the way. And what I really liked was hitting my instructors. So they told me I should train in jujitsu.

About Anthony’s Sophia Loren joke, Busia shared:

“There’s something to that. I’m not the same person. I’m hard now, physically and mentally. The confidence I gained is something I’m proud to share with my daughter, who, like me, has been training jujitsu for some time.”

Busia says her MMA training diet consists of “mostly meat and cheese, with the occasional donut.”

Ottavia Busia explained her MMA training diet in an interview with the Jiujitsu Times. She said that her diet is “definitely not hard to maintain” considering it’s “mostly meat and cheese with the occasional donut.” But she did note that her diet not work for everyone because she trains around 20 times per week.

On Busia’s discipline, Bourdain said, “I’m not like Ottavia, who’s doing this three or four hours a day, or my daughter who goes five to six hours a week. … It’s a family affair, a togetherness thing. I’m liking it, but I’m trying to be reasonable about it. My wife is serious about it. She’s a competitor. I’m not. I’m a dilettante.”

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Anthony Bourdain’s Daughter Ariane: Fast Facts & Photos

5Anthony Bourdain said that becoming a father changed his life.

Like many first-time dads, Anthony Bourdain said that having a child was a life-changing moment for him.

He said in his 2016 interview with The Takeout: “I guess my whole life, as much as I might have wanted a child for the reason that everybody wants one, I always recognized that at no point until I was 50 was I old enough or up to the job. I thought, you know what, I not only really want a child, but at this point, finally in my life, I think I’m up to the job and I’m the type of person who could do the job well and I’m financially prepared to look after a child.”

Bourdain said the realization that he was capable of caring for a child hit him like a “bolt of lightning.”

He mentioned in the interview that he wanted his daughter to experience all of his “treasured childhood memories” and described the overly elaborate manner in which he would plan meals for her.

“It’s almost an assault, at least for the first few years,” he said. “When we go on vacation, I would find myself, in a really over-organized way, becoming overly aggressive with the personal culinary history. I overloaded the poor thing with all the greatest hits of my most cherished childhood memories and dishes from the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod. I literally had a cycle menu for a poor little kid, and I have a fucking cycle menu up on the refrigerator. ‘Today will be steamers followed by boiled lobster and fresh corn on the cob and seasonal tomatoes! Tomorrow will be clam chowder.’”

Bourdain also said that he felt like it was “wrong, morally” and “annoying in general” to encourage a child to become a foodie, so he never tried to push exotic cuisines on her. “I never even suggested, ‘Hey baby it’s good, maybe you should try it.’ That never worked for me,” he said. However, to his surprise and delight, Ariane seemed to naturally have a refined palate, even at a very young age.

“When she was a very little girl if she wanted to eat pasta with butter every day that was fine with me, but what else was being eaten at the table was often very interesting… and she would often reach for a sardine or an anchovy. Some salty pecorino or even raw oysters, she was eating at age 3.”

Bourdain advised parents to never push foods on their children that they didn’t want to eat. “Never try to get your kid to eat anything she doesn’t already want to eat,” he said. “Just eat interesting stuff in front of her while completely ignoring her. Never, ever suggest ‘try it.’ Never say those dreaded words ‘try it, it’s good.’ Or worse, ‘It’s good for you.’ That’ll poison the well. Eat interesting foods in front of her. If he or she wants to eat grilled cheese, fine. Let them discover it on their own and it will be their own little triumph rather than something you convinced them to do.”

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How Did the Chef & TV Host Die?

Anthony Bourdain, beloved chef and TV host, has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 61.

According to CNN, Bourdain was found dead by his friend Eric Ripert in his hotel room in France early Friday morning (Jun. 8). The two were on location shooting an episode of Bourdain’s award-winning show Parts Unknown, CNN reported.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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 first made his as a chef and then an author. His famous book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” was published in 2000.

Bourdain was perhaps best known as the host of the award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown,” in which the chef and author took viewers around the world exploring the human condition and helping audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He was an advocate for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant employees.

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