Today is a sad day for the culinary world. On Friday morning, it was confirmed that Anthony Bourdain is dead. The celebrity chef died at a young age of 61. While fans, friends, and family mourn his passing, we cannot forget the many smiles and whet appetites he left us with. So, in honor of his many accomplished works, we celebrate the life of the culinary icon.
Bourdain is considered to be one of the most influential chefs in the world. He has hosted several travel and food shows since 2003 and has won several awards including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Hose for a Reality-Competition Program from 2013 to 2016.
The chef, which was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France, was filming an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in the country. According to sources, Bourdain committed suicide.
In honor of his decades of work in the TV industry, we look back at some of the best Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown episodes. The show, which launched in 2013 on CNN, has accumulated several awards, including five Emmy Awards. The show has just premiered its 11th season last April.
Here are some of the best episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown:
Filipinos like to eat, so it was only fitting that Bourdain visit Manila for the premiere episode of season 7. For this Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Philippines episode, he indulged more on local favorites and less on street food. Local favorite meant Jollibee’s ChickenJoy, national dessert Halo-Halo, and the best beer buddy, Sisig.
After a bit of leniency in government control, Anthony was finally able to visit Myanmar. The chef explored the streets of the country, including local street favorites. One thing that stood out of the episode is the human-powered Ferris Wheel.
Remember “Uncle Kentaki?” Yes, that was in Libya. Post-Gaddafi, Bourdain visits the country, looking at the conflict zone through food. He even dined with ex-freedom fighters. Even the chef called it his “best piece of work.”
“I’ve made a lot of hours of television over the years, but I think I’m proudest of Sunday’s Libya episode. I believe it is the best piece of work I’ve ever been part of,” Anthony Bourdain wrote on his Tumblr.
Beautiful, check. Sumptuous food, check. Awesome tour guide, check. In this episode, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown explores Lyon, France with his friend and legendary chef, Daniel Boulud. Many fans also consider this to be one of the best episodes because of the all the food featured.