Anthony Bourdain, late chef and food writer, is to be honoured by his legions of friends and fans on Tuesday, June 25th.
Anthony Bourdain, the much-admired genius behind Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, passed away unexpectedly on June 8th 2018 from an apparent suicide while travelling in France with fellow chef Eric Ripert. There was an outpouring of sadness from the culinary community around the world as they mourned the loss of one of food's greatest figures. Anthony, or Tony as he was also known, was a larger-than-life figure that was celebrated for the knowledge and genuine curiosity he showed while travelling abroad, filming a variety of television programmes in order to highlight authentic cuisine from around the world.
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Instead of mourning his passing, chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés have declared that they will celebrate Anthony's life on June 25th by sharing memories of him and toasting his life. The pair have encouraged Anthony's fans to do the same by posting their own memories of the chef online using the hashtag #BourdainDay.
"June is a very important month. On June 25, we are all going to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend and beloved Anthony Bourdain." said Eric Ripert while announcing the day of remembrance. He and José told their followers that on June 25th, which would have been Anthony's 63rd birthday, people around the world should celebrate the late chef's life by toasting his memory.
IMPORTANT! JUNE 25th #BOURDAINDAY Celebrating the Life, Legacy & Birthday of our Dear Friend Anthony! Wherever U are & whoever UR with, join @chefjoseandres I & share your tributes & memories using #BourdainDay & wish Anthony Peace & Happy Birthday! RT/Spread the word! CHEERS! pic.twitter.com/Sw28hDupfw— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) May 30, 2019
#BourdainDay follows the recent publication of Anthony Bourdain Remembered by CNN which features words and memories of the great chefs from fans and celebrities alike, including President Barack Obama, Questlove and more. The book highlights how deep of an impact Anthony's work had around the world, spotlighting how his dedication to food and travel inspired everyone that came in contact with his work.
What is your favourite memory of Anthony Bourdain? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to share it online on June 25th using the hashtag #BourdainDay.