How to Celebrate Anthony Bourdain Day

Friends and fans are raising a glass to toast Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his 63rd his birthday.
Friends and fans are raising a glass to toast Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his 63rd birthday. (Getty)

Chefs and foodies alike are dubbing June 25 Anthony Bourdain Day.

It’s been more than a year since the renowned chef and television personality died by suicide on June 4, 2018. And for his friends, celebrating his life and legacy annually on his birthday is a fitting way for his memory to live on.

This year on June 25, Bourdain would have been 63.

To celebrate, world-famous chefs and Bourdain's longtime friends Eric Ripert and Jose Andres took to Instagram to invite friends and fans to raise a toast and share a memory with the hashtag #BourdainDay.

Here are several other ways friends and fans of the late chef are remembering Bourdain.

Try a new cuisine

Through his world travels and his show, CNN's "Parts Unknown," Bourdain was known for his openness to new foods and adventurous eating.

Many praised Bourdain's cultural sensitivity and are continuing the message he preached by trying something new.

Ripert and Andres were both in Singapore for the World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony and celebrated over crab legs and beer. 

Visit a local hole-in-the wall

During an episode of "Parts Unknown," Bourdain famously took then-President Barack Obama to a small family-owned restaurant called Bún chả Hương Liên, in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Following his death, Obama fondly remembered the "low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer."

"My feeling was if we're going to do this, we should do it right," Bourdain told colleague Anderson Cooper following the taping. "We shouldn't be sitting in a banquet room table, we should do what we do. We just hang out at a working-class place."

Donate to the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship

Ripert and Andres also announced they would be establishing a new scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America in Bourdain's name. Bourdain was a famed alumni of the prestigious New York school, graduating in 1978, and often credited the school for putting him on the right path after he dropped out of the nearby Vassar College.

Visit this website to donate

Read his writing

Bourdain shot to infamy in 1999 after publishing a scathing essay "Don't Eat Before You Read This" about the behind-the-scenes world of the restaurant industry that forced the world to look at eating and cooking in a different light.

He continued his honest and, at times, nauseating  confessions in two additional best-selling non-fictions that exposed the seedy underbelly of the restaurant world, "Kitchen Confidential" and "Medium Raw." They continue to be celebrated today.

Reach out to a loved one

A year after Bourdain's death, close friends and colleagues say they are still reeling from his death.

L.A.-based food truck entrepreneur Roy Choi, who has appeared in episodes of  "Parts Unknown" with Bourdain told People.com ahead of the one-year anniversary of his death: "I still can’t believe it. I still think he’s here."

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RIP, Tony.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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