Bourdain was undoubtedly the ultimate GOALS for most people in the travel or food space. Without a doubt he was mine. From Vietnam to Copenhagen to Iran to Nigeria, Bourdain travelled the length and breath of the earth to discover food, people and their culture.
“It’s mad, it’s bad, it’s delicious, it’s confusing, and I’ve never seen anything like it.” – Bourdain on Lagos
While in Nigeria, Bourdain hung out with awesome food bloggers. Sitting beside Bourdain is @kitchenbutterfly, across from her is @afrolems, and across from Bourdain is @1qfoodplatter. Obviously they took Bourdain out to have some good food, check out what they had on our website. Link in the bio 👩🍳 #PartsUnknown #AnthonyBourdain #Nigeria #Lagos
Everyone wanted his job. I remember having a conversation with my friend who is a travel enthusiast too.
“I want to be like Anthony Bourdain! That’s an ultimate dream. Have a successful travel show that breaks barriers and shows us the world beyond stereotypes”
I missed out on an opportunity meeting him in Nigeria. The hope was that I’ll meet him sometime in future. Like they say, the future is now!
You learnt so much from every episode of Parts Unknown, the show was relatable in every sense and had so much depth. Like the name “Parts Unknown”, every episode takes you to an unknown part of a city/country through its people. A part different from what the western media shows you. The episode on Nigeria (which is definitely my favorite episode after the Obama one), showed the world a Nigeria beyond political battles, unrest and terrorism.
It shows you a Nigeria with hardworking people and one with budding tech hubs. He had conversations with Banky W and the Kutis and also shared a meal with a family in Makoko.
Completely stunned by the news of Anthony Bourdain's passing. Got to sit down with him before our interview, and he shared parts of his story. His rise to success was so inspirational that I'm having a very hard time reconciling that with this news. I pray that God gives his family the strength to bear this loss. I pray we all learn not to take this life for granted. I pray that his life inspires us to realize that we can turn things around and go for our dreams like he did. I pray his death teaches us to take better care of ourselves and others. Depression is very real. Sigh.
I smiled all through the Episode on Nigeria and it encapsulated everything about Lagos. No one does it like Bourdain.
“It burns. It burns real good.” – Bourdain on Nigerian pepper soup.
It’s ironic how someone who had a seemingly fulfilling life wasn’t fulfilled with life. The biggest take away from this shocking death is SEEK HELP. Could be from friends, family, a therapist or a stranger. Talk to someone….anyone….
TRIBUTES TO THE LATE HERO
As these tributes pour in, our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues and our thoughts are with them through this extremely difficult time.
Rest In Peace Anthony Bourdain. He was more than a chef or host, he was an artist. Everyone in non-fiction tv/film uses HIM as a reference in development, but his creativity is/was not mathematical. Condolences to his loved ones.
— Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) June 8, 2018
Trump on death of Anthony Bourdain: "I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. That was very shocking. When I woke up this morning, Anthony Bourdain is dead. I enjoyed his show." pic.twitter.com/KYk8Q3gSaA
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 8, 2018
Utterly shocked by news of @Bourdain's passing. We've lost an honest broker of life, cuisine, culture and truth. I was honored to spend time with him in Armenia for @PartsUnknownCNN. Our love and condolences go out to his family & all those he touched with his beautiful spirit. pic.twitter.com/yOrgyBuP6x
— Serj Tankian (@serjtankian) June 8, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the loss of two talented and passionate wish granters, Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain. Both Kate & Anthony transformed wish kids’ lives. We wish their friends, families and fans our condolences in this difficult time. Help is a call away: 1-800-273-TALK pic.twitter.com/TLAryPKt19
— Make-A-Wish America (@MakeAWish) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain discussed food, culture, history, life so passionately so often, that the news of his suicide is hard to grasp and understand. He made me and many others appreciate the beauty of life. It’s devastating. My condolences to his daughter, family and friends. 🙏
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 8, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s passing. He was a kind man, fantastic chef, and enthralling storyteller. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends. We are honored to have worked with him.
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) June 8, 2018
Anthony @Bourdain was a very special person. I always loved speaking w/ him because I always learned something. He had a very unique ability to make the world a bit smaller & more personal. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/3WpWV0MiRR
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) June 8, 2018
I hope that we use this opportunity after hearing about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to actually start treating people differently, not just tweeting or posting condolences on social media with a hotline number. Depression is an ILLNESS, and it’s not anyone’s fault.
— Emily Thomas (@emitoms) June 8, 2018
Check the excerpts from his Parts Unknown episode in Lagos here
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Let’s not forget to celebrate his life by living life to the fullest! Letting go of our prejudices and seeing people as people is what Bourdain was all about. Breaking bread with strangers, experiencing cultures through the eyes of its people. Share your best Bourdain quotes with us in the comments. We’ll start,
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain