Today would have been Anthony Bourdain’s 65th birthday. The celebrated chef’s legacy continues even after his demise that left a void in the culinary world.
Bourdain’s day is observed every year on June 25, his birthday, to celebrate his life and the things he stood for.
The day was declared as Bourdain’s day in 2019 when his long-time friends and the world’s most prominent chefs, Éric Ripert and José Andrés took to Instagram to honor their friend Anthony Bourdain. They urged people, especially Bourdain’s fans, to make a toast to Bourdain to mark the occasion.
“I hope that this is a place that many people will go to, will enjoy life, will have a drink. They will cook, they will go to a food truck. They will go to [a] picnic. They will go to [a] street vendor. A hot dog, a fancy restaurant, whatever. And they will toast Tony and wish, ‘Happy Bourdain Day’ on Instagram, on [the] internet, on Twitter. That’s it,” Esquire quoted Andrés, as saying, in 2019.
Ways To Honor The Chef
1- Share Posts On Social Media- To celebrate the occasion, you can toast to Bourdain with the drink of your choice and share the pictures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
2- Watch Bourdain’s Show- The American celebrity chef starred in various programs that explored cuisine and international culture. He was seen on many food channels and had hosted a popular travel and food show — No Reservations. Fans can watch it online.
3- Visit A Nearby Restaurant- What’s the best thing you can do to pay tribute to a chef? Go to a nearby restaurant and enjoy your favorite meal with your loved ones. You can also try a new dish or any local cuisine to mark the day. “Eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat,” Bourdain wrote in Kitchen Confidential.
4- Volunteer Work- On this day, you can follow Bourdain’s footsteps and make a donation to the needy people or organizations working for them. You can also help charitable nonprofits by becoming a volunteer.
Inspiring Quotes By The Revered chef
As long as Bourdain lived, he kept entertaining his fans through his witty quotes and storytelling techniques. Here are some such quotes to keep his memories alive:
- “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk-in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
- “People confuse me, food doesn’t.”
- “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”
- “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.”
- “It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.”
The world-famous chef committed suicide three years ago, on June 8, 2018, after suffering from depression.
If you or someone you know is struggling in life, has suicidal thoughts and needs to talk, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.