No reservations

by Marcel on June 8, 2018

Like everyone else, I woke up to the sad news that Anthony Bourdain has checked out. Celebrities can be a huge influence in our lives, but when it comes down to it we really don’t know these people at all. With Bourdain it seemed a little different though, because he was so raw and personal. He was on our TV screens for years talking to us and guiding us through his culinary travel adventures just like an old buddy telling us stories of their trips overseas. You really felt as if you knew him like a coworker or friend. Some of the things he did or said weren’t always politically correct, but that’s because he wasn’t some polished celebrity with an image he was trying to sell. Instead he acted unapologetically as himself, which is what made him so interesting, relatable, and ultimately successful; maybe more successful than he ever wanted to be.

We may never know the reasons he decided to write his own ending in a hotel room in Paris, and that surely is not the finale anyone wanted for him or anyone else for that matter. However, he certainly did live a life full of adventure and shared a big part of himself through his writings and TV shows, which is why so many people around the world appreciate the work he did and will genuinely miss him. I think as a tribute to his contributions to food and travel culture, that from now on when people are out enjoying a good meal while they are traveling, whether it’s in a dive bar or a 5-star restaurant, it should forevermore be known as “bourdaining”.

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