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Author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles, Anthony Bourdain pictures (pic) and photo gallery.
Birth name: Anthony Michael "Tony" Bourdain.
Born: June 25, 1956 New York City, New York, USA.
Cooking style: French.
Education: Vassar College; Culinary Institute of America.
Restaurants: Les Halles (New York City).
TV Show(s): A Cook's Tour; Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Anthony Bourdain biography (bio):
Anthony Michael "Tony" Bourdain is an American author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles, based in New York City with locations in Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C.. Bourdain is also host of the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Bourdain was born in New York City and it was as a youth on holiday in France with his family that his love of food was kindled. He was on an oyster fisherman's boat and tried his first oyster; ever since, he has traveled the world in search of food, good and bad, and has shared his results with the public.
He studied at Vassar College, worked for some time in the seafood restaurants of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America before running kitchens at New York City's Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan's. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times, The Observer, Scotland on Sunday, The Face, Limb by Limb, Black Book, and the The Independent, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He was the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.
Bourdain lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ottavia Busia. Together, they have one daughter, Ariane, born on April 9, 2007. The couple were wed eleven days later on April 20. Bourdain divorced from his first wife, Nancy Putkoski, in 2007.
Bourdain gained popularity from his New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, released in 2000. Kitchen Confidential describes the darker side of the culinary world, and serves as a memoir of Bourdain's life as well. He is also author of the culinary mysteries Gone Bamboo and A Bone in the Throat, the popular history Typhoid Mary (An Urban Historical), and the cookbook, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook. In addition there is A Cook's Tour, which was made in conjunction with a TV series of the same name on the Food Network. In July 2005, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premiered on the Travel Channel.
Among his many epicurean exploits, Bourdain is famous for consuming sheep testicles in Morocco, ant eggs in Puebla, Mexico, a raw seal eyeball as part of a traditional Inuit seal hunt, and a whole cobra - beating heart, blood, bile, and meat - in Vietnam. According to Bourdain, the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten is a Chicken McNugget, though he did declare the warthog anus he ate in Namibia "the worst meal of [his] life". The FOX Network produced a short-lived sitcom adaptation of Kitchen Confidential, which aired in the fall of 2005. The character "Jack Bourdain" was based loosely on the biography and persona of Anthony Bourdain.
Bourdain is an unrepentant smoker and drinker, and a former user of cocaine, heroin, and LSD. In Kitchen Confidential he writes: "We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk-in [refrigerator] at every opportunity to 'conceptualize.' Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Pot, quaaludes, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, Seconal, Tuinal, speed, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we'd send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get." In a nod to Bourdain's two-pack-a-day cigarette habit, renowned chef Thomas Keller once served him a 20-course tasting menu including a mid-meal "coffee and cigarettes" dish of foie gras with tobacco-infused custard. Because of his liberal use of light profanity and sexual references in No Reservations, the network has prepended viewer discretion advisories to each segment.
Bourdain is also noted for his not-so-subtle put downs of celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray (who is the butt of many jokes on No Reservations). Bourdain has recognized the irony of his transformation into a celebrity chef and has, to some extent, begun to qualify his insults. He has been consistently outspoken in his praise for chefs he admires, particularly Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Fergus Henderson, and Mario Batali.
His most recent book, The Nasty Bits, is dedicated to "Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee" of the Ramones. Bourdain has declared fond appreciation for their music, as well as other early New York City punk bands such as Television and The Voidoids. Additionally, Bourdain writes in Kitchen Confidential that the playing of music by Billy Joel in his kitchen was grounds for immediate firing. In a Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations episode in Sweden, Bourdain proclaimed that his all time favorite album (his "desert island disc") is the groundbreaking punk record Fun House by The Stooges while revealing that he despises Swedish pop supergroup ABBA.
In July 2006 Bourdain was in Beirut filming an episode of No Reservations when the Israel-Lebanon conflict broke out. While expressing regret at the situation the Lebanese country and people faced, Bourdain and his crew were evacuated with other American citizens on the morning of July 20 by the U.S. Marines. Despite having filmed only one restaurant before fighting began, Bourdain's producers compiled the Beirut footage into a No Reservations episode which aired on August 21, 2006. Uncharacteristically, the episode included footage of both Bourdain and his production staff, and included not only their initial attempts to film the episode, but also their firsthand encounters with Hezbollah supporters, their days of waiting for news with other expatriates in a Beirut hotel, and their eventual escape aided by a "cleaner" (unseen in the footage) who Bourdain dubbed "Mister Wolfe", presumably in reference to the self-proclaimed problem-solver of the movie Pulp Fiction.
Bourdain also appeared in an episode of TLC's reality show Miami Ink which originally aired August 28, 2006. Artist Chris Garver tattooed a skull on Bourdain's right shoulder, who noted it was his fourth tattoo. Among other reasons, he wished to balance the ouroboros tattoo he had done on this opposite shoulder in Malaysia while filming Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Bourdain has appeared twice as guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef reality cooking competition program; first in November 2006, "Thanksgiving" episode of Season 2 and again in June 2007 in the first episode of Season 3 to judge the "exotic surf and turf" featuring ingredients including abalone, alligator, black chicken, geoduck and eel.