Today it’s a sad day for us. Our idol and inspiration died in his 61. Sadly he was a victim of depression, and he just didn’t find help. However, for us, he was a great man and a huge inspiration. He will live in our hearts forever. He was a chef, writer and TV host. His travelling and food experience encouraged us to be like him. He was extremely talented. Along the way, he practically received every award the industry has to offer.
His book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” was the best seller in 2000. After this book, his career went to skies. He hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations. In 2013 he moved to CNN where he was making “Parts Unknown”. Season 11 of “Parts Unknown” premiered on CNN last month. Right now, they were filming in Paris, where he had a lot of friends and good food was all around him. Sadly depression can blur all this and much more…
“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. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
Vivi and I were just today sitting in the same restaurant as he did, and thinking how great this is. To eat something he liked. Finally, we can see what his taste is… Oh, crap. Was :(. And yeah, it was good. Actually, he was here in Bun Cha Huong Lien with Obama, back in 2016. But for us, it was much more important to eat in the same restaurant as Anthony did, not Obama. Our hero is Anthony. And to be honest, from now on Bun Cha won’t be that good anymore. Actually, we decided that we’ll never eat Bun Cha again!