Long live to Mr. Bourdain. The man who shared all the hidden secrets of the kitchen life and gave us new perspectives on how food, politics, human beings and feelings can be so much related. Considered the Elvis of bad boys chefs, he was also described as a “symphony” by his fellow chef Andrew Zimmern and as “an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous” by his best friend Eric Ripert.
Obama posted on Twitter: “He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.” Chef and writer Edward Lee said that “Tony gave us a world that we didn’t know we needed.”
Anthony Bourdain was found dead last Friday (June 8th), at the age of 61, in his hotel room by his long time friend Eric Ripert, according to CNN, TV channel where “Parts Unknown” has aired for the past five years. Our sincere condolences to his family and let this be our litte homage to the realest man in and out of the kitchen. This is our selection of the 20 most memorable and insightful quotes of Mr. Anthony Bourdain:
#1. To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can’t be a bad thing.
#2. Luck is not a business model.
#3. I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working – if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy.
#4. Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.
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#5. Assume the worst. About everybody. But don’t let this poisoned outlook affect your job performance. Let it all roll off your back. Ignore it. Be amused by what you see and suspect. Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious, and corrupt asshole shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them, or finding them entertaining.
#6. Don’t touch my dick, don’t touch my knife.
#7. I’m very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride.
#8. You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.
#9. Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.
#10. I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me.
#11. If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.
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#12. Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.
#13. You can call me the bad boy chef all you want. I’m noit going to freak out about it. I’m not that bad. I’m certainly not a boy, and it’s been a while since I’ve been a chef.
#14. I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.
#15. There is no final resting place of the mind.
#16. Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
#17. Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.
#18. But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.
#19. Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.
#20. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.