Anthony Bourdain Day: Remembering The Chef And Documentarian Thousands of people around the world took to social media Tuesday to honor Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his 63rd birthday. He took his own life last year.
NPR logo

Anthony Bourdain Day: Remembering The Chef And Documentarian

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/736138102/736138103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Anthony Bourdain Day: Remembering The Chef And Documentarian

Anthony Bourdain Day: Remembering The Chef And Documentarian

Anthony Bourdain Day: Remembering The Chef And Documentarian

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/736138102/736138103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Thousands of people around the world took to social media Tuesday to honor Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his 63rd birthday. He took his own life last year.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Social media was flooded yesterday with videos and messages from around the world. Here's one from Twitter user John Rizzo.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JOHN RIZZO: I can't tell you what you've meant to our house, to our family, to our life in traveling and culinary adventures.

KING: In the video, Rizzo and his wife raise glasses of wine. They're toasting Anthony Bourdain, the chef, author and TV star who took his life last year.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yesterday would've been his 63rd birthday, and to celebrate, his friends and fellow chefs, Jose Andres and Eric Ripert, declared it Bourdain Day. They made a simple request to followers - take a video of yourself raising a glass to Bourdain and then share it on social media. And, boy, did people rise to that challenge as friends and fans paid tribute to Tony.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: When I think of you, I choose love - love for all the fabulous places, the food, the friendships that you've brought us to - and especially love for all the differences that you've encouraged us to celebrate and, Tony, love for you.

KING: That was Christiane Amanpour of CNN. And, of course, there was a lot of love from culinary professionals, like this group from Ripert's restaurant Le Bernardin in New York.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Happy birthday, Tony.

(APPLAUSE)

INSKEEP: There were messages from people inspired by Bourdain over the years. In a video posted to his Twitter account, Tony Cava raised a glass to the chef.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TONY CAVA: Happy birthday, Tony. This one's for you. And thank you for teaching us all how to live.

KING: And a note to our listeners as we close - if you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They're at 1-800-273-8255.

(SOUNDBITE OF MICHAEL RUFFINO'S "RISING SUN BLUES (KING KONG MIX)")

Copyright © 2019 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.