Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain took his cooking career to another level by becoming a bestselling author and a TV personality.
Born on June 25, 1956, Bourdain made a name for himself after The New Yorker published his article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” in 1997. Ever since then, he has had a flourishing career hosting TV shows such as A Cook’s Tour– a show about Anthony’s exotic food experiences traveling around the world; and No Reservations, which explored similar themes.
His show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has won several Emmys. Bourdain also participated as a guest on Bravo’s Top Chef and as a main judge on Top Chef All-Stars.
He has written several books, including Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which was turned into a short-lived sitcom starring Bradley Cooper.
Bourdain’s love for traveling, good food and drinks made him a wonderful storyteller.
Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.
Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.
Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.
Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.
Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.
The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.
Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.
Luck is not a business model.
If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible.
Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.
We are — and should be — a big, messy, anarchistic polyglot of dialects and accents and different skin tones…
I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.
You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.