While Bourdain was a legend who thrilled readers and viewers with stories about the food, culture and travels, there are fascinating things many people didn't know about him.
Celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain died in 2018. However, he continues to inspire millions of people all over the world with his works, career and a life well-lived.
He gave the world a larger-than-life figure to emulate in traveling, eating, and relating to different cultures and people around the globe.
Nevertheless, his exciting life was much more than what he displayed on the camera. Here are some of the most interesting things you probably didn't know about him.
#1 He Was a Tattoo Fan
If you've watched Bourdain's shows, you have probably noticed he had a bit of body art.
Most of these tattoos were from his travels around the world, but in 2008, he appeared on TLC's Miami Ink to get tatted by artist Chris Garver. The body art? A skull on his right shoulder.
#2 His Best-Selling Book Inspired a TV Show
Bourdain's best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, inspired a show of its own.
Titled Kitchen Confidential, the show ran from 2005 to 2006, and it starred Bradley Cooper as 'Jack Bourdain.'
While the show focused on a bad-boy chef inspired by the real Bourdain, the book gave insights into the restaurant world and tips on what equipment regular people should have in their kitchens.
#3 Bourdain Produced TV Shows, Too
Bourdain wasn't just a TV personality who only appeared on camera. He also wrote his own voiceovers and helped choose each episode's music.
In addition, he assisted in producing films, including documentaries such as Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent and Wasted!
#4 His First Cooking Job Was On Cape Cod
Born in New York City, Bourdain spent many summers with his family in France while growing up. This is where he tried his first oyster.
He later spent his vacations working at various seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which sparked his interest in becoming a chef.
#5 Bourdain and His Crew Once Filmed During a Conflict
While filming No Reservations in 2006, Bourdain found himself amid the break-out of the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
This unexpected turn of events switched the show's episode to focus on behind-the-scenes shots of his crew waiting for news in their hotel and firsthand encounters with Hezbollah supporters.
This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007 for outstanding informational programming.