Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken former chef, and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown died on Friday, June 8 at age 61. He visited restaurants around the world and counted among his favorites Southern California’s In-N-Out Burger which has a location at 2114 E Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena.
Bourdain’s was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Paris, where he had been working on Parts Unknown. CNN reports the cause of death was an apparent suicide.
Bourdain visited Los Angeles several times and featured many of city’s restaurants in several of his shows. Of In-N-Out he once said, “There it is, my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. A city with many fine restaurants, by the way.”
Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America made his mark as an executive chef at New York’s Brasserie Les Halles, before transitioning into entertainment. He wrote best-selling book Kitchen Confidential, which spawned A Cook’s Tour for the Food Network. His next series, the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, in which he traveled the world in search of culinary and cultural experiences, made him a household name.
No Reservations ran for nine seasons and won two Bourdain two Emmys. In 2013, Bourdain created CNN’s Parts Unknown for which he won a Peabody Award. He was shooting the 11th season of the show at the time of his death.