Anthony Bourdain Remembered As A Storyteller

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef and travel show host Anthony Bourdain, who died on Friday, was more than a TV chef. He won fans around the world for being a fearless traveler who never hesitated to dine with the locals and enter the culture and customs of a country. He brought to light the cuisines and cultures of many marginalized countries, like Iran and Beirut.

Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world and profiles are being written. CNN, on which his "Parts Unknown" aired, has set up a website inviting comments from viewers on how the celebrated chef and storyteller touched their lives.

The BBC says in an article that Bourdain "was not your average TV chef. You would not see him regularly standing in a studio, talking viewers through his steps as he threw small bowls of ingredients into a pan.

This presenter was typically found on the road - and specifically on the road less travelled. You would find him eating street food in Peru or dining in people's homes in Haiti; he would turn up in post-Gaddafi Libya or the Democratic Republic of Congo. His shows were not straightforward holiday guides, but about delving headfirst into cultures and cuisines."

His breakthrough book ("Kitchen Confidential,” 2000), a tell-all memoir about working in haute cuisine, became a huge bestseller, but it was the travel shows that earned him a truly global fan base.

On CNN's tribute site, one viewer says, "He inspired me to be more open-minded about other people's cultures and to generally be a kinder person to others and to not be afraid to try new things or cuisines."

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