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A Sneak Peek into Anthony Bourdain’s Life [Infographic]

by Iliana Aguilar

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For many food lovers, Anthony Bourdain may just have had one of the coolest jobs ever. He got to explore different countries, learn about their culture, meet interesting people, and constantly enjoy tons of scrumptious food. 

Though we’re more than envious, it’s fair to say that Bourdain deserved to have his awesome job. He appears to have had his very own ‘superpower’ that helped us comprehend why food is one of the most important elements in creating a true human connection. 

So how exactly does a chef become famous around the world without having to whip up dishes and eating what he cooks? Well, we believe that what made Bourdain ‘tick’ was his deep love and passion for food and his ability to ‘transmit’ it to his audience. For Bourdain, it was also about being totally honest with a dark, dry sense of humor, and having the ability to connect with a new destination through its food. 

As he explained in a FastCompany.com interview: ‘I see aspects of these countries that regular journalists don't.’ Thanks to this unique quality, Bourdain was up for trying just about anything as he was making his way around the globe.

During his trips for several TV shows, Bourdain has eaten all sorts of ‘uncommon’ delicacies such as balut (a boiled fertilized duck egg) commonly found in the Philippines, the Icelandic hákarl (heavily ammoniated fermented shark meat) and Stinky Tofu in China, just to name a few. 

No matter how undesirable some dishes may have appeared, this American chef never rejected them, as he had a golden rule that any traveler should never forget: “Food offered as a gesture of hospitality is always gracefully accepted, ALWAYS. Because no matter how weird or even how horrible it may seem to you, for someone else it’s their mean of subsistence, it’s their favorite meal, it’s their gesture of generosity”.  

We’ve always been more than fascinated with Chef Bourdain, and to honor the legacy he left behind, we decided to whip up an infographic that summarizes his awesome life and career.




As you can see, Anthony Bourdain was definitely not a run-of-the-mill chef. For a long time, he has been declaring himself as ‘hungry for more,’ and this was reflected in his many achievements. We hope you enjoyed this infographic as much as we did when putting it together! May it inspire you to keep on traveling and discover plenty of new and exciting flavors the world has to offer.


Indulge your senses on a culinary vacation in Asia, one of the most explored continents by Anthony Bourdain, and continue his fascinating legacy.

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