Anthony Bourdain was accomplished in so many ways, and the world will always remember him for that. He dared where few people could, tried local delicacies, enjoyed distant cultures and brought to the fore unheard voices.
The best part is that he did all this without losing his charismatic storytelling skill. Bourdain loved adventure, and his refreshing honesty got him lots of fans.
For now, let's have a look at the top Anthony Bourdain moments we will never forget.
13. Revealing Industry Secrets
In The New Yorker, Bourdain wrote the "Don't Eat Before Reading This" piece where he revealed many industry secrets. He also published Kitchen Confidential in 2000, a memoir that introduced the world to a "truthful voice" about the industry.
After his persona as a macho, drug-loving chef, Bourdain later became an alert crusader for food justice around the world.
12. Telling Oprah Chef Secrets
Anthony Bourdain had a reputation for revealing industry secrets. For instance, he told people to go to restaurants on Tuesdays to get the freshest food.
He is also famous for saying that people who ordered their meat well done usually got unwanted cuts of steak.
Such secrets about the industry from this legend are partly the reason he was so loved for many.
11. Enjoying Southern Seafood With Bill Murray
One of the most memorable Parts Uknown moments is when Bourdain toured Charleston with Bill Murray. Along with Sean Brock, they discussed how life had changed since Murray moved from New York to Charleston.
In their talk, they also discussed the importance of preserving southern food traditions.
10. Eating Deep-Fried Haggis In Scotland
A lot of Americans would have a hard time putting haggis in their mouths, given that they have "sinister sheep parts." However, the daring chef still gave this delicacy a try.
However, he didn't seem to care for the accompanying fries.
9. Eating "Drunken Noodles" In Thailand
It was pretty interesting for Anthony Bourdain to try "drunken noodles" in an episode of Parts Unknown. In the same episode, he even got a tattoo and sampled some street food.
The legendary noodles have so much chili that Bourdain said they gave him something of "an ice cream headache, but it's like a pepper headache."
8. Visiting "Little India" In Houston
Many people will never forget Bourdain's trip to "Little India" while filming an episode of Parts Unknown. The episode helped show how diverse Houston is at a time when political temperatures were pretty high due to the election season.
While there, Bourdain met with refuge students, Congolese farmers, Vietnamese fishermen, and even rapper Slim Thug.
7. Bourdain's First Visit To Waffle House
Bourdain had tried lots of strange and sometimes dangerous foods in his time, but his visit to Waffle House was truly memorable. Of this eating establishment Bourdain had this to say:
"Where everybody, regardless of race, creed, color, or degree of inebriation is welcome."
6. Showing Barack Obama How To Slurp Noodles
The meeting between Bourdain and Obama in Vietnam will never be forgotten, especially because Obama tweeted about the moment soon after his death.
"Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. That's how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."
5. Visiting A Strip Club With Alton Brown
Bourdain visited an Atlanta strip club in 2000 and claimed that the establishment, Clermont Lounge, should be a "national landmark."
While there, he met "Blondie", who is the unofficial mayor of Atlanta.
4. Touring Beirut As The 2006 Lebanon War
While filming an episode of No Reservations, Bourdain visited the Lebanese capital as the war was about to start. He said that the experience was critical in helping demonstrate "what's important in life."
3. Showing Support For #MeToo Movement
Bourdain was a notable supporter of the #MeToo movement where he was recognized for calling out powerful men like Harvey Weinstein for the injustices they did against women.
He was concerned that the women in his life never shared such experiences with him, and he saw it as a personal failure that they didn't feel comfortable enough to confide in him.
2. Discussing New England's Heroin Epidemic
In 2015, while filming Parts Unknown, Bourdain went to Massachusetts to talk about heroin addiction in New England. As a former heroin addict, he also talked about his history with the drug and his concern over how fast it was spreading in this part of America.
1. Touring The Gaza Strip
For this coverage, Bourdain managed to win a Muslim Public Affairs Council award. In the Parts Unknown episode, he sampled some of the most unforgettable meals ever.
It's not easy forgetting Bourdain despite his tragic death; not with all these memorable moments reminding us of this multi-talented and down-to-earth cooking legend.