Greenpoint Restaurateurs React to Anthony Bourdain’s Death

via Xi'an Famous Foods on Instagram
via Xi’an Famous Foods on Instagram

This morning, New Yorkers woke up to the unexpected news that famous food writer, chef, critic and travel tv show host Anthony Bourdain, at 61 years old, was dead. He was a legend in the culinary world, inspiring and encouraging countless chefs to follow their dreams, in addition to motivating the world to travel, meet strangers and break bread with them. Jason Wang, CEO of famed Xi’an Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Avenue) says in an Instagram post, “[Anthony Bourdain] helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream.” He will be greatly, greatly missed.

Below, here are some tributes from local restaurants and businesses.

If you or someone you know is in distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Our hearts are broken. RIP Anthony Bourdain 💔🥀

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R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain. We are sure by now that many of you have already heard, but Anthony Bourdain, beloved chef, writer, and traveler, has passed away. To say that he was an icon held in high regard by not only those in the culinary industry, but also the general public, would be an understatement. Bourdain embodied the phrase Food Is Culture. Through his television programming, he connected food with culture and shared what he learned with his viewers in a personal and evocative style. Bourdain allowed us to experience other people's life experiences second-hand, but in ways that felt deeply meaningful. Ultimately, he helped bridge gaps between countries and cultures, all through the power of cooking and eating together. He will always be remembered for his valuable contributions to the food world, and for his lifelong dedication to learning and listening. If you or anyone you know is suffering, please call National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are in the food industry, where mental health issues affect many, know that you are not alone and visit the website in our bio for additional resources.

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Forever a visionary.

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Much of what Egg is and has aspired to be came from this one paragraph in the middle of “Kitchen Confidential.” Somehow, by naming all the things that were wrong and stupid in restaurants, @anthonybourdain made it possible to imagine changing them. It looked almost like a prescription: if Eggs Benedict is gross, how about we don’t serve it! Instead of treating breakfast as a cook’s purgatory, how about we make it something to take seriously, something to aspire to? What if you let yourself love scrambling eggs the same way you loved searing a piece of meat? What if we didn’t go out after our shifts and get hammered, didn’t indulge in harassment and drug abuse, didn’t have sex on top of the cases of potatoes? What if we who work with food treated ourselves, and one another, like full human beings worthy of respect and love, not shadow-dwelling pirates clinging to life with the very ends of our burned fingers?

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parts unknown…RIP

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Our hearts are extremely heavy in posting this. We’re saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Tony Bourdain. If you are struggling, please know that you are never alone. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) @800273talk 24/7/365. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 @crisistextline, DM @translifeline & @trevorproject. Our sincerest and deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues. The world lost a great man today, an icon and truly a legend.💔 thank you for being you, for standing up for women’s rights and for paving a path for all of us to all how to enjoy life, eat/make good food, travels and much more. You’ve left a big hole in this world but we know you’re hanging out with Lemmy, Julia Childs, Paul Bocuse and Johnny Ramone among many others and enjoying some KFC, roasted bone marrow from St Johns and some sushi from Jiro. #AnthonyBourdain #RIPBourdain

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You will be missed by all the industry. Suicide hotline tel:1-800-273-8255

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About Megan Penmann

Formerly the Content Manager for Greenpointers, Megan is also a freelance creative director, writer, DJ and jane of all trades living in in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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