On what would have been Anthony Bourdain's 64th birthday the culinary world took pause to celebrate his storied career, legacy and life for Bourdain Day.
The celebrated American chef and famously curious, no-frills traveler who carved a new norm for the way people approach food and different cultures, died nearly two years ago by suicide just weeks before his birthday.
Today, as the restaurant and hospitality industry reels from the harsh impact of the coronavirus pandemic and works to reinvent itself, people are taking time to ponder what Tony would have advised and reflect on the words of wisdom he left behind.
Anthony Bourdain's passing was a profound loss for the foodservice and restaurant industry. We hope you take a moment today to reflect on the life @Bourdain lead and the legacy he left behind on what would have been his 64th birthday. #BourdainDay pic.twitter.com/pJ8RIgRiKr— National Restaurant Association (@WeRRestaurants) June 25, 2020
One of Bourdain's longtime friends French chef Eric Ripert, co-owner of the James Beard-awarded restaurant in New York City Le Bernadin,reflected on Bourdain's legacy.
Celebrating My Dear Friend Anthony Bourdain.THX for your unconditional Friendship& loyalty,special moments&laughters!The inspiration,talent,legacy.On your birthday we remember &celebrate your life.Where ever you are Cheers!!☮️&❤️Mon Ami.— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 25, 2020
#BourdainDay 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Jvxl671JUM
Another of Bourdain's closest compadres José Andrés -- Spanish chef and founder of World Central Kitchen -- raised his glass (of water to be healthy) in honor of Bourdain Day and asked people to post videos with their thoughts about the late chef and TV host and "celebrate with tapas or a cocktail."
Others have shared favorite moments from his CNN series, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," which featured cuisines and stories from around the world, won several Emmy Awards and a 2013 Peabody Award.
"As you move through this life & this world you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return life & travel leaves marks on you. Most of the time those marks on your body or on your heart are beautiful. Often though, they hurt."— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) June 25, 2020
~ Anthony Bourdain pic.twitter.com/Ka1dY05nqk
"I want it all. I want to try everything once." - Anthony Bourdain— Bravo Top Chef All Stars LA (@BravoTopChef) June 25, 2020
Today, on #BourdainDay we remember & celebrate Anthony's deep love of food, travel, & storytelling. We encourage you to toast in his honor! See some of his favorite dishes in America here: https://t.co/jnfjVyKxH1 pic.twitter.com/cBOvY6y421
Probably the happiest I ever saw Tony, judging a punk rock karaoke event with @chefjoseandres. There were negronis and yakitori and some of Tony's famous rocker buddies, and a thick crowd of revelers that hung on the big guy's every pronouncement. Happy birthday, T. #BourdainDay pic.twitter.com/bbR3H5u2P4— Matt Goulding (@mdgoulding) June 25, 2020
One artist shared a simple digital print on Twitter that's a rendition of Bourdain cooking alongside his two friends chef Ripert and chef Andres in Grand Cayman -- that will raise money for a local food bank.
On #BourdainDay, #CaymanIslands artist @DreadyWorld has released a limited edition charity print of Chefs Anthony Bourdain @EricRipert @ChefJoseAndres at #CaymanCookout 2018—the last time all 3 chefs were together. Proceeds benefit The Cayman Food Bank https://t.co/XUxK4XsrTV pic.twitter.com/egpmSIOzPl— Cayman Cookout (@CaymanCookout) June 25, 2020