Anthony Bourdain is the chef-at-large at New York City’s Les Halles, a lively Parisian-style brasserie serving the everyday cuisine of France.
Chef Bourdain began his culinary career with a summer job as a dishwasher in Provincetown, MA while attending Vassar College. By the end of the summer, he had been reassigned to a cooking station and realized he would need more refined skills to keep up with the other cooks. He subsequently enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1978. Since then, he has spent more than two decades working in professional kitchens, including the Rainbow Room, The Supper Club, and Coco Pazzo Teatro. His best-selling memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, stemmed from an article he’d written for New Yorker magazine about life behind the scenes in restaurant kitchens.
In late 2000, Chef Bourdain set out to eat his way across the globe, looking for “kicks, thrills, and epiphanies” and “the perfect meal.” The book, A Cook’s Tour and its companion Food Network series chronicle his adventures and misadventures on that voyage.
Chef Bourdain returned to the CIA campus in May 2001 to tape a segment for “A Cook’s Tour” show that featured the places that shaped his career. Chef Bourdain is also the author of The Nasty Bits, Bone in the Throat, Gone Bamboo, and Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical, a book that offers a view of kitchen life a century ago. He co-authored Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook with the restaurant’s proprietor, Phillipe Lajaunie, plus Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, a sequel to Kitchen Confidential, and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, a companion book to the television series of the same name on the Travel Channel.
Chef Bourdain’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, The Observer, Gourmet, Maxim, Food Arts, The Independent, and Town & Country.
The Travel Channel aired two season’s of Chef Bourdain’s show The Layover. His new show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown airs on the CNN Network. Chef Bourdain has been a judge on Top Chef and serves as a consultant and writer for the HBO series, Treme.
In 2008, Chef Bourdain was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. He has won an Emmy, Clio, Critics Choice, and Webby award for his writing and television series.
Photo Caption: Anthony Bourdain visits the CIA campus to film for his TV show “No Reservations”. Pictured above Tony signs books following a Q&A session in Ecolab theatre.