Ever since his suicide, Bourdain's been described as a lonely, tragic figure, but of course, he was far more than that.
It's unfair to think of the late chef as anything less than a well-spoken, intelligent, witty, warm, and disturbingly honest person. Here are some lesser-known stories about his life that will make you love him even more and that will remind us that he had a passion for helping others, almost as great as his love for traveling and judging dishes.
Instead of being Mister Popularity, Bourdain was trying to be on the right side of things, without much noise, so that we will kick off and end this list with Bourdain's feminism.
Bourdain and #MeToo
Only a man who fully understands consent would be able to stand behind the women's movement against sexual abuse.
Vera Papisova, a Teen Vogue writer, tweeted that she was sexually harassed by a busboy while working at a restaurant.
She was vocal about the issues, but Bourdain was louder. Eventually, the restaurant's management had to take some action.
Bourdain's hunt for justice continued when he went after Harvey Weinstein.
Bourdain Vs. Weinstein
The late chef-superstar was among the first men to support the #MeToo movement and stand next to disgraced Hollywood mogul's victims.
After Bourdain's untimely death, journalist Yashar Ali said on Twitter that many have quickly moved on from the Weinstein story, but Tony wasn't among them.
"He texted me repeatedly with ideas, and every time a Weinstein survivor was attacked, he would let me know because he was determined to stop Harvey's machine."
One of Weinstein's victims was Asia Argento, Tony's girlfriend. But his support went beyond what was happening in his personal life. As Yashar Ali added, Bourdain helped him when he was struggling with depression.
It's impressive how Bourdain had a desire to help anyone with a soul, without sparing himself.
An unforgettable trip to Spain for a boy who had leukemia
Unlike most of us, Bourdain's charity work was under wraps. Evan Benn, the editor-and-chief of Miami Indulge, told the story about a young boy with leukemia who touched the chef's heart.
The boy asked Bourdain where he should travel when he's in remission. Bourdain said the boy should visit Spain. But, it didn't stop there, naturally.
Bourdain spoke to Benn, wanting to arrange for that boy to get a chance to see Spain.
Make-a-Wish Foundation and the famed chef helped, and the boy did end up going to Spain. Name a celebrity with a bigger heart. George Michael, Antony Bourdain, and that about covers it!
He was always one of us
Comic artist Shivana Sookdeo stated that she bumped into Bourdain at a food festival. The famed chef said: "Hey kid, you hungry?"
Sookdeo wrote about this encounter:
"He spent the ten minutes listening to me talk about the home country of my parents, Trinidad & Tobago, with the utmost engagement."
"Like an ambassador studying up, ready to go."
When they were done talking and eating, Bourdain "thanked me for my time like he'd had an appointment with me all along."
Marilyn Hagerty and Bourdain
In 2012, an 86-year-old Marilyn Hagerty wrote a review of a local Oliver Garden. It went viral online, with the internet ruthlessly making fun of her.
Bourdain reached out to Hagerty and ended up publishing a book of her columns. After his death, Hagerty spoke about the meeting with Bourdain, saying he wasn't what she expected.
"I found him to be not a wild, reckless character of a person, as I had expected,"
"I found him to be a very pleasant businessman and journalist."
Helping a teen with cancer see the world
In 2017, Ali Allouche, a teenager treated for bone cancer, decided he wanted to travel the world and eat the best foods in every state since Bourdain had inspired him to do so.
Bourdain heard about the teen's story and added $3,600, the amount needed to reach the boy's goal for traveling. This was confirmed by Now This News.
Bourdain later told The New York Post that he was "incredibly moved and humbled" to hear about the story and that "I hope as well to meet with the young man at the earliest opportunity."
Finally, Bourdain was proud to be a feminist
New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner shared the moment when she asked Bourdain whether he was a feminist.
He gave a sort of a long, protracted answer without ever quite saying yes or no.
But Rosner says that later, she ran into Bourdain at a party. He came up to her and said:
"Remember when you asked me if I was a feminist, and I was afraid to say yes? Write this down: I'm a f* ckin' feminist."
If you're crushing on Antony's soul and thinking, you're not alone. He really was a wholesome person, and losing him was a gut punch for our society. Yet, we knew he struggled.
What's fascinating about Tony is the simple fact that his death only revealed he was even better than we thought. Rock in peace, chef, and thank you for inspiring us and giving us the raw, honest, non-sugar coated truth!