Anthony Bourdain Wins 6 Posthumous Emmy Awards, 3 Months After His Death

Anthony Bourdain holds up a trophy he won at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Anthony Bourdain holds up a trophy he won at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. (Getty)

Anthony Bourdain was honored with six awards at Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards Show, just three months after his death.

The celebrity chef and food journalist was posthumously honored with Emmys for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program and outstanding informational series or special.

His shows, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and its digital spinoff “Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown” earned additional trophies for best informational series or special, picture editing for a non-fiction program, sound editing for a non-fiction program and sound mixing for a non-fiction program.

"Tony was nominated for this Emmy many times, but it had always eluded him, the one he had always coveted, so it is with tremendous bittersweetness that I accept it on his behalf," Bourdain's producer, Lydia Tenaglia, said onstage as she clutched the writing trophy.

Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel room on June 8. His body was discovered by close friend and fellow chef, Éric Ripert, with whom he had been traveling for “Parts Unknown.” His cause of death was ruled a suicide. 

CNN announced the last season of the travel show will premiere on Sept. 23, and will include five episodes of Bourdain’s travels to Kenya, Indonesia, West Texas, Spain and New York City’s Lower East Side, plus two additional episodes to honor the host.

Only the first episodes will include Bourdain's narration, as the rest had not been completed before his death.

"He’s really off on a journey to parts unknown," Tengalia added in her speech. “We wish we were there to shoot it with him, and he really would have written the hell out of that episode."


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