ANTHONY BORDAIN


A GREAT LOSS



MY THOUGHTS

Someone said on CNN, “ Anthony Bourdain admitted his own shortcomings in a way other men were afraid to”.  He didn’t want credit for it, he just wanted to be better.  Spot on. I loved and looked forward to his shows, he brought forth a unique style, through passion and love, through frank communication, an understanding and brilliant simple showcasing of what others have contributed to this world through customs, traditions and necessity using food as a medium.

His observational brilliance was as diverse as his culinary skills especially when he showcased an American City I had visited several times and he brought to life a side of that city somehow I missed.  

Even the controversial shows like Lao, and Viet Nam which I am quite familiar with, as the real thing, right on the bullseye having worked with some of those people.

I remember as a child ( I just turned 75) one of the books I received as a gift and cherished the most was ‘  The Seven Wonders of the World’.  If nothing else it taught me or exposed me to the beauty and diversity of the blue green globe we share and live on with others.   His style, of storytelling brought me back to the excitement of visiting and seeing places and cultures just as it had done flipping the pages of that book.

He made the show not about himself but of those who were his friends and guests.   His culinary skills were blessed with an internal database of the one of two commonalities shared throughout the world and yet as diverse as the world can be.  Music and food are common denominators, they are the bridge builders of humanities and sharing with others.

I think the entire world was a canvas for him, and he painted places and showcased others so they may be appreciated. 

He will be truly missed as in this day and age of greed and self indulgent hypocrites, liars, uncertainty, insecurity, hate, isolation and popularism, negativism, and prejudice brought forth by people it seems with no passion or love.  
He was a light on when parts of the night were darkest.  He brought forth good and the Lord was pleased...  

CNN - 07/13/2018  -  Anthony Bourdain and the program he hosted on CNN were honored Thursday with multiple Emmy nominations, a little more than one month after his death.  Bourdain, who died June 8, was honored with two nominations, while his show, "Parts Unknown," earned six nominations overall. The show's digital extension, "Explore Parts Unknown," also scored a nomination. 

Bourdain is nominated in the outstanding informational series or special category for his part as host and executive producer of the program. He also earned an individual nomination for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. 

Additionally, "Parts Unknown" was nominated for its sound mixing, sound and picture editing and cinematography. 

On the series, Bourdain would travel to all corners of the Earth in search of delicious meals, enlightening conversations with the locals and a deeper understanding of wherever he happened to be visiting that week.   It was his skills for finding the latter that earned the series praise and multiple awards, including five Emmys and a Peabody Award.

Bourdain, 61, died by suicide while working in France on an episode of "Parts Unknown."  After his death, Bourdain's close friend, fellow chef and frequent "Parts Unknown" travel companion Eric Ripert remembered Bourdain as "one of the great storytellers who connected [with] so many.”The Emmy Awards will be given out on September 17.

AJ

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