Since the suicide of renowned chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain, there has been an outpouring of grief from fans around the country, who have paid tribute to the food connoisseur in different ways.
At the entrance of New York’s Brasserie Les Halles, where Bourdain had worked, many left roses, and across social media others shared stories of encounters with the chef, including President Obama, who said, that Bourdain made “us a little less afraid of the unknown.” Now in New Jersey, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Camden) has proposed that the Division of Travel and Tourism designate an official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, which would include the ten eateries featured on a 2015 episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.
The planned tour would make stops at Kubel’s in Barnegat Light, Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, Knife & Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden, Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat, and Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park.
“There’s no question that Anthony’s road to fame was not an easy one,” Moriarty said. “Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots. Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers. He became a New Jersey food icon.”
Bourdain, who grew up in Leonia in Bergen County and spent summers at the Jersey Shore, began his culinary journey as a dishwasher at a clam shack in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Eventually, he headed some of the nation’s most distinguished eateries, such as the Rainbow Room and Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan.
A 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Bourdain went on to run various New York City kitchens, including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's. His critically-acclaimed memoir Kitchen Confidential got the attention of the Food Network, which offered him own food and travel show, A Cook's Tour, which premiered in January 2002. Following his success at the channel, he brought his unique brand of food philosophy to Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover on the Travel Channel, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.
Bourdain was filming an episode of Parts Unknown near Strasbourg, France, when he was found dead in his hotel room by fellow chef and friend Éric Ripert.