Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Chef recalls lunch with Bourdain days before death

Anthony Bourdain has been found dead aged 61 Anthony Bourdain has been found dead aged 61. Celebrity Bourdain’s dark past of ‘despair
Diane Mills | 11 June, 2018, 14:33

Anthony Bourdain was in a "dark mood" in the days leading up to his suicide, his best friend and traveling companion told the famed chef's mother.

Later in the episode, Andy Ricker, an American chef known for his expertise in northern Thai cuisine, would introduce Bourdain - and, by extension, the Western world - to larb (a spicy Thai salad), followed by discussion of the word authentic as it relates to Thai food.

"He was a diplomat", she said.

Usually, the 61-year-old would eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel's pub, the Winstub, with Ripert, the executive chef at Manhattan's Le Bernadin.

IN RECENT years, after a second divorce, Bourdain had an ongoing relationship with Asia Argento, the Italian filmmaker, artist and now vindicated accuser of ex-producer and serial rapist Harvey Weinstein. In an essay written after fellow chef Mario Batali was accused of sexual assault, Bourdain wrote that "one must pick a side".

"I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women", he wrote on in a 2017 essay on Medium. He was my love, my rock, my protector.

Bourdain, 61, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at NY restaurants to dining in Vietnam with President Barack Obama, hanged himself in a hotel room.

His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning, CNN said. "Suicide is not an acceptable outcome for depression", Liebermann said.

De Rocquigny, who is the prosecutor for Colmar in the Alsace region of France, said their findings also ruled out foul play in the case.

Anthony Bourdain had no qualms about addressing his past
Anthony Bourdain had no qualms about addressing his past

"We both work a lot", he said, "and we're both away from home a lot so we're both circus freaks in the same circus-or different circuses I guess".

Christian, when speaking with reporters from The Associated Press, said there is nothing about the crime scene that would make it appear as if someone had entered or left the room.

According to Chef Wan, Bourdain described him as "larger than life".

"I came here to share the grief of the loss of such a talented chef. he was such a special person because he had such a great passion for Vietnamese food", customer Nguyen Quan told AFP. The "360°" host teared up as he discussed his friend, saying that referring to Bourdain in the past tense is "really hard to imagine". "They didn't even look at their menu".

Bourdain killed himself in France on Friday, while Spade killed herself in NY earlier in the week.

The waiter, Maxime Voinson, told The New York Times, "Maybe he went out and ate somewhere else, we said".

'He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams.

Bourdain himself didn't deny he had an enviable career. For instance, in a 10-year study at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, doctors and therapists employed several interventions that led to an 80-percent drop in suicide rates, Live Science previously reported.

During their time in Hong Kong, Bourdain dined at and filmed a Parts Unknown segment at the Happy Paradise restaurant.

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