Foodies across the globe celebrated the life of chef-turned-TV-star Anthony Bourdain on Friday. Bourdain died by suicide at age 61; he had been in France filming an upcoming episode of CNN's Parts Unknown. Other celebrity chefs remembered Bourdain on Twitter with heartfelt messages.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement released early Friday. "His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much."
Bourdain, who has been hailed as the culinary world's "original rock star" and "the Elvis of bad boy chefs," began his career as a line cook before moving his way up through the ranks to become an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. But it was an article he penned for The New Yorker about the restaurant world's dark underbelly that really took his career to another level with a book deal and, later, a television career.
Bourdain's memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, was met with high praise when released in 2000 and was quickly followed with a show — A Cook's Tour — on the Food Network. Bourdain later moved on to the Travel Channel where he hosted Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, a travel food show, and later, The Layover, in which he explored different cities over the course of a 24- to 48-hour layover. In 2013, Bourdain left the Travel Channel and began hosting Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN. The show has run for 11 seasons.
Bourdain's fellow celebrity chefs have reacted to news of his death with grief: