I'm still super bummed thinking about Anthony Bourdain and the tragic end to his life... I know a lot of people die every day and though many have touched our lives in different ways, Bourdain was different, at least to me; maybe because I'm a chef and writer who was personally inspired by him, or maybe because he seemed to overcome the odds of addiction and the trap that the kitchen life can be for so many, but I think more so, it's that he seemed real - real, unlike so many people out there these days - obviously he had his own set of problems, but he opened up his heart and his life and shared it with the world... Doing that can be really scary and at the same time, counterintuitively, lonely - I get it. It's just sad to think of how much more good he had to offer the world, and more importantly the holes in the heart of those who loved him most. Much love, Chef.
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A lot goes through my mind when I look back at the near two decades that Anthony Bourdain has been an icon in popular culture. Before that though, he was a chef and he did a lot of good for our industry and opened up a lot of eyes to a bigger world out there. Personally, he inspired me - to connect with the language and experience of food in an entirely new way - he paved the way for a lot of us. Kitchen Confidential was and I still is, I think, a rite of passage for every young culinarian.
'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.' -Anthony Bourdain
Had a great time with family and a few close friends celebrating my upcoming marriage to @tinamccarville - it's been a whirlwind couple of months of planning, and I expect nothing different between now and September 15th - the big day... Blessed and grateful to have her and such wonderful friends and family in my life.
One of the best guys you will ever meet, my brother from another mother - had a blast with my buddy Shawn down in Miami for the Oneida summit - he's my podcast partner and the founder of @entrepreneurialchef - Shawn is doing great things in the industry and it's been an honor and a pleasure to have had him in my corner these last couple of years - I look forward to many more!
Thanks again @oneidafoodservice for putting on one hell of a show!