Famed chef Anthony Bourdain’s love for India and its food

The renowned celebrity chef passed away on Friday (June 8) in a hotel room in France, where he was shooting for his show’s latest episode. In a statement released by the show’s network CNN, it was reported that he committed suicide. He was found dead in a hotel room in Strasburg, France. He was 61 and had committed suicide by hanging himself.

The globe-trotting chef  was also a die heart fan of meat be it from tasting food at local hubs to unusual places, Bourdain was a full-time carnivore and often blatantly expressed his dislike for vegetarian or vegan food.

The only time that the  chef and legendary food writer didn’t mind turning into a vegetarian when he was in India. Although he visited the country just for a week, Bourdain would happily enjoy meals sans meat without any complain, he told Vogue India last year.

Prior to that, in 2014, during a chat with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on his new season of Parts Unknown, Bourdain highlighted what makes Indian food so special for him.

Having enjoyed traditional food in various parts of Punjab, the host said, “India, Punjab in particular I can eat vegetarian food for quite some time without even noticing it. The food is so well prepared, the textures are very colourful and it’s spicy, it’s delicious. India’s vegetarian culture is very old and very rich.”

And if that’s not enough for you to laud, he even boldly busted some myths surrounding the Indian street food. As Anderson expressed his skepticism about the hygiene and culture of street food in India, Bourdain argued, “Indian food won’t kill you.”

Narrating his experience, he said, “Breakfast buffet. It’s a killer.” What’s more, he even destroyed Anderson’s “go to” safe food ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ calling it more harmful than Indian street food.

For an episode of a show for Discovery Channel titled Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations from 2005 to 2012.  He visited Kerala to check out the state’s delicious and unique cuisine.

On the show, Bourdain said, “I am also very impressed with the high standard of food in Kerala, especially the street food here”. During his trip, he also enjoyed home cooked food with Malayalam actor Mammootty, whom he met at the location of his film shoot.

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Bourdain also hosted another culinary show The Layover from 2011 to 2013.


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