Chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés, and The Culinary Institute of America presented the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship for CIA students who hope to follow Bourdain's global path of discovery.
The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship is given annually to one or more students. The only requirement is to want to "pursue study abroad and international cuisines and cultures experiences as part of their education at the CIA."
Bourdain was a student at the school's Hyde Park, New York campus in 1978. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in Culinary Arts from the CIA in 2017. A year later, he committed suicide at the age of 61.
At the time, CIA President Tim Ryan said:
"Anthony Bourdain is possibly the most recognizable food personality on the planet."
"He's an accomplished chef, author, publisher, entrepreneur, and television host who shares his commitment to excellence and passion for food with audiences around the world."
"We are proud of his many achievements and pleased to present him with an honorary doctoral degree from the college."
Eric Ripert and Jose Andrés made this project possible
Bourdain's friends, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andrés, who helped bring this scholarship, released a joint statement:
"We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad."
"We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did — through cuisines and cultures everywhere."
This project is truly an honor and the best possible way for many chefs to find their inner Bourdain. CIA president Tim Ryan talked about Bourdain in his statement regarding the scholarship:
"He often came to campus to speak with students about food and world cultures, his career, and the importance of authenticity in being a chef."
"It is fitting that his memory is being honored at the CIA through a scholarship for students interested in experiencing cuisines and cultures around the globe."
The Culinary Institute of America is planning a "permanent memorial" to Bourdain at Hyde Park's campus. . The institute also has campuses in California, Texas, and Singapore. These institutions will honor Bourdain as well, though it's not clear when.
If you want to support Anthony Bourdain's life work and his legacy, place a donation on the official website.
Bourdain and the CIA
After beginning his culinary career as a dishwasher in Provincetown, Chef Bourdain enrolled at the CIA. He then spent over twenty years working at top New York City restaurants. Eventually, he became Executive Chef at Brasserie Les Halles.
During this period, he published an article in the New Yorker that led to his bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential. His career in the literary world included books, memoirs, and his publishing imprint, where he supported and elevated writers from all over the globe.
Anthony Bourdain filmed several episodes of No Reservations and A Cook's Tour at the Hyde Park campus. Despite his many travels, the CIA held a special place in the heart of the famed chef.
To help this project, the CIA organized an online auction of some of Bourdain's most treasured belongings. Sixty percent of profits went to Bourdain's daughter, Ariane, and his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia.