Anthony is a chef, author and television host who has worked at the highest levels in the culinary world for a number of years.
He first gained notoriety when he published the behind the scenes tell all “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” The book became an overnight success, as did Bourdain, who was at the time working at Brasseries Les Halles. He is also well-known as the host of the Travel Channel show “No Reservations,” in which he travels the world examining different cultures and their cuisines and definitely does not shy away from trying unusual foods.
He graduated from Englewood School for Boys in 1973 and attended Vassar College before dropping out after two years, but later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978.
He went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City – including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s – culminating in the position of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, beginning in 1998. Brasserie Les Halles is based in Manhattan, with additional locations in Miami and, at the time of Bourdain’s tenure, Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan.
Bourdain gained immediate popularity from his 2000 New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, an outgrowth of his now-famous article in The New Yorker called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” The book is a witty and rambunctious exposé of the hidden and darker side of the culinary world, and is a memoir of Bourdain’s professional life as well.
Bourdain subsequently wrote two more New York Times bestselling nonfiction books: A Cook’s Tour (2001), an exotic account of his food and travel exploits across the world, written in conjunction with his first television series; and The Nasty Bits (2006), another collection of exotic, provocative, and humorous anecdotes and essays mainly centered on food. Bourdain’s additional books include Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook; the culinary mysteries Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo; a hypothetical historical investigation, Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical; and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach.
The acclaim surrounding Bourdain’s memoir, Kitchen Confidential, led to an offer by the Food Network to host his own food and world-travel show, A Cook’s Tour, which premiered in January 2002. In July 2005, he premiered a new, somewhat similar television series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on the Travel Channel. As a further result of the immense popularity of Kitchen Confidential, the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential aired in 2005, in which the character “Jack Bourdain” is based loosely on the biography and persona of Anthony Bourdain.
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Anthony Bourdain is a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, a successful television star (who has even voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “The Food Wife”), whose home base is Brasserie Les Halles, where he was executive chef for many years.
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