Gone Too Soon
Anthony Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018. A year later, the loss of the celebrity chef is still felt. On September 14th, 2019, he won two two posthumous Emmy Awards for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, proving that the legendary man was gone but not forgotten.
An Upcoming Auction
According to The New York Times, items from Bourdain's personal collection will be put up for auction, including "art by Ralph Steadman (the Hunter S. Thompson collaborator and a friend of Mr. Bourdain’s) and John Lurie, the downtown Manhattan celebrity; a steel and meteorite chef’s knife; various books, records and several manuscripts of the chef’s own work."
According to his assistant Laurie Woolever, the 215 items that will be put up for sale really offer people a look at what Bourdain was really like.
"He valued comfort, and he knew what looked good. He was definitely aware of how to play to his assets. When Vogue magazine approached us to do a story about him and I presented to him, my thought was, ‘He’s not going to want this.’ As was the case with so many things, I was wrong. He said, ‘Oh I absolutely want to do this, out of a sense of sheer vanity. I’m so flattered.’"
A Lasting Legacy
The proceeds from the auction are expected to be between $200,00 and $400,000, with 60% going to his wife and daughter and 40% going to his alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America, to start a scholarship in Bourdain's name.
The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship was thought up by chefs José Andrés and Eric Ripert and is expected to give out its first grant in spring 2020. Andrés and Ripert released a statement explaining their intention to honor Bourdain.
"We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad. We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did — through cuisines and cultures everywhere."