RIP Anthony Bourdain

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by existentialist, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

    Chef Anthony Bourdain has died by suicide :(

    Chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61

    We seem to be losing a lot of high profile people to suicide at the moment.

    Reflecting in the back of a taxi with 3 of his junkie mates:
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  2. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Always entertaining, I loved Kitchen Confidential and his enthusiasm for food on telly was wonderful to behold. Clearly a challenging and difficult guy and appears to have taken his own life :(

    CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - CNN
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  3. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

    Oh, snap. I think we must have posted our threads at almost exactly the same time

    RIP Anthony Bourdain

    I'll report mine to the mods, then they can merge them.
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  4. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    I just got an alert about this. I can't say I recognise the name or his picture, but he sounds troubled. That's sad for his family.
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  5. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Very sad and shocking news. Hope it wasn't a spur of the moment action, but it was in a hotel room, during filming of a TV show, so perhaps it was.
    I only read his first book, and haven't seen his TV, but having worked in hotels and restaurants, Kitchen Confidential blew the lid off a lot of things that weren't public knowledge. He must have ruffled many feathers publishing that.
  6. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

    I discovered him via his book, Kitchen Confidential. A very funny, but not at all pretty, guide to the world of professional cooking. He went on to make quite a few TV shows, and I thought he was fascinating, even though his views on vegetarians weren't entirely in keeping with mine! :)

    I don't really do "heroes", and I didn't think AB was a particularly hero type, but I find myself feeling really quite a big sense of shock and loss at this news. I shall have to go and bingewatch some of his shows.
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  7. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    I was quite a fan of his food and travel shows. At a time when I was losing my passion for food and cooking he reignited my interest.

    RIP Anthony, I'll miss you.
  8. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    He was an asshole, but he made me laugh. Hated vegetarians with a passion. RIP.

    <edited to add>
    BTW, what is it with wealthy people offing themselves lately? Sometimes I think its better to be dumb and poor like me than smart and wealthy.
  9. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

    It certainly ruffled mine! In a good way.
  10. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Loved Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. He sounded like my kinda dude. A greaty shame.
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  11. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    A vile person. In this video he repeatedly laughs about and makes light of animal suffering. He defends foie gras saying of force feeding: 'it's nothing that a self respecting porn star wouldn't do' and laughs hysterically after AA Gill says (of killing pigs) 'once you hear the first one scream, the second one gets easier'. I would never celebrate suicide and I feel for his family but I cannot mourn the passing, notwithstanding the fact that he could be funny and entertaining.
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  12. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Sounds like I haven't been missing anything.
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  13. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Very sad news, seemed to have so much to live for, Kitchen Confidential was a great read, as was his crime fiction, A Bone in the Throat, reviewers described it at the time as like a cross between The Sopranos and The Naked Chef, well worth a read.
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  14. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I enjoyed reading Kitchen Confidential. So thanks for that at least.
  15. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

    I never got around to reading that. I shall remedy that forthwith.
  16. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    Anthony Bourdain had what must have been one of the best jobs in the world, he spent most of the last 15 years traveling around the world eating and drinking in some spectacular places, his series No Reservations and Parts Unknown are great TV. I loved his irreverent style and the people he used to meet up with on his travels were great characters.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds :eek:
  17. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless

    Really enjoyed Kitchen Confidential when it came out. I was quite young and impressionable, and I think it impacted on decisions to attempt a (highly unsuccessful) career in kitchen work, and a (significantly longer lasting, but no less disastrous) career in taking drugs.
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  18. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    In some ways, yes, in others

  19. bellaozzydog

    bellaozzydog rolling turds in glitter

    His books were a great read, patently a wild child in his time, passionate and entertaining to watch on the telly box
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  20. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

    Not perfect by any means but loved his tv programmes and his love of cooking.
  21. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    Is there any other kind?
  22. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Yes. Lots of people do drugs and quit before wrecking themselves and/or others.
  23. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

  24. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    The voice that's soundtracked a million of my hangovers in budget hotel rooms round the world with only CNN and BBC in the English section. Him and Christiane Amanpour, and the 3 bleeps from the BBC.
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  25. Cheesypoof

    Cheesypoof Fuck off Noddy Banned

  26. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    He was a lot worse than I previously thought.

  27. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    I'm not sure how different that makes him from others who eat meat. He enjoys the killing process, but he is at least honest in doing it himself, no?
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  28. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Aren't there already a million threads to discuss the merits of hunting, slaughter, animal husbandry etc?
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  29. dolly's gal

    dolly's gal killing things

    we can thank him for that can we? ;) ;)
  30. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    Still not sure that being a proud - even obnoxious - meat-eater is quite enough to qualify you as a "vile" human overall. I'm sure he could be very hard to deal with IRL but he was overall an intelligent, insightful, interesting guy who saw and lived more than most.
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