After a hearty team lunch on Friday afternoon, we had just about settled at our desks when CNN broke the news that left us in equal parts stunned and unsettled. We no longer share the planet with Anthony Bourdain - a piece of news that the Living Foodz team hasn't processed in its entirety as yet.
If that wasn't enough information for Bourdain's fans to process, what came as a bigger shock was that the self-proclaimed "enthusiast" had chosen to end his own life. Reactions to the news, that soon began pouring on social media, had one theme in common, succinctly expressed by Twitter user @zoopertrip: "If depression can claim someone who lived as rich a life as Bourdain did, what chance do the rest of us have?"
The American celebrity chef, author and TV personality was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, on Friday morning, reported CNN. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series "Parts Unknown." CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
Not only did Bourdain explore the food of various cultures across the world but took his storytelling beyond the plate, introducing viewers not just to palates but the people behind them as well.
To the person who took us dreamers around the world, immersed us in its many other cultures and traditions, and most importantly, helped us realise that one meal is all it takes to make the world a smaller and better place - may you rest in peace and continue inspiring us from above.
Annabelle D'Costa, Team Living Foodz
One day, I will interview Anthony Bourdain. But, it will now remain an unfulfilled dream with the culinary renegade's passing. For me, he was to food what Steve Irving was to wildlife; curious, compassionate and utterly fearless. The man and his authenticity will be deeply missed.
Jahnabee Borah, Team Living Foodz
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