Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity Chefs React to His Tragic Death
Celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. CNN has reported that the cause of death was suicide.
This news immediately sparked an outpouring of grief on social media, especially because most of Bourdain’s fans had no idea he was struggling with mental illness. Bourdain’s peers in the food industry are among those taking the time to pay tribute to him and offer their condolences to his family.
Here’s a look at how celebrity chefs have reacted to the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain.
1. Gordon Ramsay
- “Stunned and saddened”
On Twitter, Gordon Ramsay not only took a moment to remember Bourdain, but he also reminded his followers to always reach out if they are struggling, posting the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Ramsay wrote, “Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123.”
Next: A Food Network host mourns Bourdain.
2. Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence had just one word to describe his reaction to the Anthony Bourdain news: “Shattered…”
.@Bourdain changed the way we thought about restaurants and the people who worked there, and started a fascination with kitchen staffs that will lead to better working conditions. But that voice. Nobody wrote like him, though many tried.
Next: A former co-host of The Chew offers their condolences.
3. Carla Hall
- “Gutted and saddened”
On Twitter, Carla Hall wrote, “I am gutted and saddened upon hearing the news of @Bourdain, a beloved presence in the culinary community. You will be missed.”
Hall also posted the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, which again is 1-800-273-8255.
Next: This chef says there’s a cruel irony in Bourdain’s death.
4. Andrew Zimmern
- “A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning.”
Andrew Zimmern said on Twitter that the sad, cruel irony of all of this is that last year, Anthony Bourdain was happier than he’d ever been.
Zimmern wrote, “A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.”
Next: This chef has a message to those struggling with depression.
5. Rene Redzepi
- “Heart broken, sad, in disbelief.”
While linking to a news report about Bourdain death, Redzepi wrote on Twitter, “Another incredible loss to suicide. Heart broken, sad, in disbelief.”
Redzepi also retweeted the following message from Chris Cillizza:
The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this week are a reminder: No matter how successful, wealthy or seemingly happy you are, we all battle our own demons. Reach out to one another. Destigmatize depression, addiction and anxiety. We are all in this together.
Next: This chef says he is in total shock.
6. Jamie Oliver
- “In total shock”
On Twitter, Jamie Oliver said the news about Bourdain was shocking.
He wrote, “I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died 💔 he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef 👨🍳 🙏 thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx.”
Next: This Food Network star shares a message to those struggling this week.
7. Buddy Valastro
Buddy Valastro, host of Cake Boss, said that he was completely gutted to learn about Bourdain’s death.
He wrote, “Gutted to hear we’ve lost @Bourdain. If you are ever feeling alone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255.”
Next: This Queer Eye star pays tribute to Bourdain.
8. Antoni Porowski
- “Shocked and deeply saddened”
Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowksi wrote on Twitter, “I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. @Bourdain. Prayers for his loved ones.”
Porowski also retweeted the following message: “If you or someone you know is in crisis, call @800273TALK or text HOME to 741741 to be connected to free and confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
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