Anthony Bourdain's Instagram highlights travels, Jiu-Jistu, and of course, food
Anthony Bourdain has been called a “culinary bad boy” by Gothamist and has attracted more than 1.2 million followers to his Instagram profile due to his exotic, avant garde and occasionally jarring shared imagery. His social media reflects the multifaceted former chef and current culinary writer’s intriguing life. He has been quoted saying he is always open to new experiences and follows through on this notion. Never a dull moment, Bourdain has continually pursued new high-profile culinary projects.
Born on June 25, 1956 in New York City, Bourdain was raised in New Jersey’s suburbia to a copy editor mother and music executive father. His laissez faire attitude bleeds through his expressions verbally and artistically. His television show No Reservations was labeled “Viewer Discretion Advised” during each and every segment of the episode, proving the former chef’s spicy language is as well-known as his spicy food creations.
From a photo of a human hand holding a bleeding heart to Jiu-Jitsu competition s hots to ironic pictures of food, the diversity of Anthony Bourdain’s Instagram ceases to excite and impress. He has been know to make sarcastic comments about people taking trivial photos of their dinners, which makes some question the intermittent “foodstagram” shot he mixes throughout his posts. To be fair, the award-winning TV personality probably has more perspective on what makes a quality meal than most. After graduating from first Vassar College and then the world renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain worked in various kitchens before become the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.
Just a year prior to his chef promotion, The New Yorker published “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” which exposed the behind-the-scenes workings of restaurant kitchens. The piece became very popular and led to future writing opportunities. He wrote Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000, which went on to become a bestseller. He continued putting out books including A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines, which accounted his exotic travels exploring various cuisines and cultures. After his first few books came out, Bourdain continued publishing as well as beginning his career as a TV personality. He was featured on the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour for two-seasons, again traveling to experience new culinary adventures around the globe. He released Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking in 2004 and The Nasty Bits in 2006, which both became New York Times best-sellers, according to Biography.com.
Aside from his food focused books, Bourdain has also published crime fiction and even a graphic novel in 2013 titled Get Jiro!: Blood and Sushi, which came out October 27 of 2015. In Men’s Journal, Bourdain talked about his inspirations:
“It's aspirational in a lot of ways. I was sitting at Sushi Yasuda in New York, and the chef there is a friend and somebody I really respect. I'm well aware of the many, many years it took him just to learn how to cook rice properly before his master allowed him to work with the fish. And I was sitting there as these two wealthy knuckleheads sit down at this bar and immediately start stirring a big wad of his hand-grated, fresh wasabi into a dish of soy sauce with the intention of dunking, unseen and untried, his sushi in there, and I saw a look of pain and discomfort. I thought, man, wouldn't it be great if he could just reach across the bar and slice their heads off. So that was the jumping off point. Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where disrespecting good sushi could get you killed and no one would care? In my fiction, people who don't know how to eat or who do terrible things to food tend to get killed.”
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premiered on Travel Channel in 2005 and exhibited similar topics as his previous A Cook’s Tour run. During its nine season run, which ended in 2012, the show grew a large audience and won two Primetime Emmy Awards for cinematography. Bradley Cooper starred in a shortly lived sitcom based loosely on Bourdain’s life. Cooper’s character name, “Jack Bourdain”, proves the similarity was thinly veiled.
His career continued to expand and evolve and he appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef reality cooking competition as a guest judge on many occasions. He also was a main judge on Top Chef All-Stars eighth season. His reality TV adventures didn’t end there and Bourdain received a skull tattoo on Miami Ink and appeared in Far Cry, 2008, in a short cameo. HBO’s Treme has hired Bourdain as a consultant and writer. Following numerous other ventures, he returned to TV in the series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN, which has won four Emmys, three of which were for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
Bourdain admits his past was full of drug abuse in his early career running New York restaurant kitchens like Sullivan’s, Supper Club and One Fifth Avenue. He considers himself an unusual case, according to The Fix, an addiction and recovery website. Bourdain said that though he has kicked drugs, he still drinks and doesn’t consider it a problem.
On an Ask Me Anything (AMA) Subreddit session, Bourdain answered questions about his addiction history and how he avoids relapsing. “I was a complete asshole,” he said regarding his behavior during his early 20’s. “Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known. I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house.” He said his drug of choice was heroin, but he continues to drink alcohol openly on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. “Maybe cause my experiences were so awful in the end, I’ve never been tempted to relapse.” He also alluded to potential marijuana usage when responding to whether or not he hated Amsterdam. “May not be the first place I think of as a food destination but I liked it fine! #420.”
In 2007 Bourdain married Ottavia Busia, a jujitsu expert, according to biography.com. In that same year, Busia gave birth to the couple’s daughter Ariane.
Bourdain put up a new tour schedule beginning at Symphony Hall in Boston, traveling through Connecticut, Maine, New York, Philadelphia, D.C., Detroit, Toronto and more, he will conclude the tour Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Bellco Theatre in Denver. This fall season also will welcome another Anthony Bourdain cookbook titled Appetites Cookbook in October, but is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Along with Bourdain’s frequent extravagance, he is a world traveler visiting various foreign locations experiencing exotic cuisine and the specific dining rituals and customs of each area from Asia to L.A.
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