Anthony Bourdain

Mentor / Judge
Character Biography

Renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain is acclaimed for his New York Times best seller, Kitchen Confidential (2000). The impetus for this book was his earlier piece in the New Yorker, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This”(1999), which revealed the inner workings of New York City restaurants. His other works of literature include fictional crime novels, Bone in the Throat (1995) and Gone Bamboo (1997), and more recently, Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking. In addition to his extensive literary career, Bourdain also hosts the Emmy Award winning Travel Channel series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and previously appeared as a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef.

Born in New York City in 1956, Bourdain graduated from Vassar College. His passion for cooking was kindled in France, and has continued to grow while traveling abroad for his television series, unearthing the unique food of various regions. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain held a number of prestigious positions at Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s, culminating in his current position as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. In addition, Bourdain is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Emmy nominations for his television series, Food Writer of the Year by Bon Appétit, and he has been inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

Bourdain resides in New York City with his wife, Ottavia, and daughter, Ariane.

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