Tributes pour in for a chef and writer who kickstarted so many foodie careers. 

  • By asymons
  • | Jun 12, 2018

If you want to know just how much of an impact Anthony Bourdain's life made to international food culture, just look at the number of chefs who, following his death, have been compelled to share their personal connection to his writing and television programs.

Bangkok has been no exception. The news of his death reverberated around the local food community, with many local chefs and restaurant owners posting their respects to a celebrity chef and TV presenter who was in it for far more than the fame, the money, or even the love of food. 

Bourdain's culinary explorations often took an unexpectedly politicized turnhighlighting issues too often ignored or polarized by news channels. In celebration of the trademark conviction and honesty he used to bring the global community closer together, here's a selection of ways Bourdain made an impact on Bangkok chefs and restaurant owners.

Chandler Schultz, head chef at Le Cochon Blanc, attributes his adventurous career path to the celebrity chef: “I don't think I'd be here, half way around the world from my home, without Bourdain.”

 

 

Gaggan Anand, of Gagganfour-time winner of Asia’s Best Restaurantalso reflects on the life-changing effects of Bourdain’s work: “My wish to cook for you dies with you…Thanks for changing my life indirectly”.

 

 

“Goodbye Anthony Bourdain. You are one inspiring man. F&B world is what it is today, surely because you are a big part of it,” says Choti Leenutaphong, the owner of an impressive array of F&B ventures of his own, including Via Maris, Vesper, La Dotta and Il Fumo.

 

 

Andrew Martin, head chef at Issaya Siamese Clubcelebrates Bourdain’s astute observations on the allure of Southeast Asia, quoting: “Southeast Asia has a real grip on me. From the very first time I went there, it was a fulfilment of my childhood fantasies of the way travel should be".

 

 

Thitid Tassanakajohnhead chef and owner of Le Dunotes the acknowledgement and respect that Bourdain brought to the culinary world: “He made people look at or even give a shit about our profession. And for that we all should pay respect and may he rest in peace.”

 

 

Jarrett Wrisley, of Appia, Peppina and Soul Food, thanks Bourdain for changing his world: “You changed my world. Thank you for that. Our hearts are broken, but our lives are brighter because of you.”

 

 

Nino Scognamillo, head chef at La Casa Nostra, celebrates Bourdain’s curiosity and inquisitiveness by sharing this quote: “Certainty is my enemy. You know, I’m all about doubt, questioning oneself and the nature of reality. Constantly.”

 

Luca Appinoowner of La Bottega di Lucaputs it simply: “Cook Free or Die”.

 

 

Sid Sehgal, owner of Indus, notes Bourdain’s ability to get to the heart of a story: ‘“Parts Unknown” where you taught the world to "eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice ... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get."’