Yeah, Return If Possible, that was my first thought when I read the devastating news. We have lost yet another great storyteller in the history of time – a tremendous and profound loss to the world. Definitely, you’ll be missed but not forgotten Anthony Bourdain!
Bourdain had an incredibly seasoned life. Surviving life as a line cook in a kitchen of not so famous restaurant to a bad boy chef circumnavigating the globe in search for the finest cuisines, by hosting an ambitious Travel Channel Project – No Reservation. Well, I’m a Bourdain devotee. Of course, it’s pretty obvious, wasn’t it? No sane soul would dedicate their time to write about a man who barely… oh wait! He doesn’t even know about my existence till he was alive. Yet, my innocent soul doesn’t need any proclamation for this infinite bonding, virtually.
If the truth was said, I would say that it’s not just me who is his fanatic but my entire nucleus family should be included in that list too. I got to know about Anthony Bourdain through my mom. You know… Asians moms always have the television remote control at the ready to tune into cooking shows or cooking documentaries but ended up preparing the same menu for meals. But in rare cases, there would be some sighting, smelling and eating you have to endure if your mom decides to try something new. At first, I was forced to watch the show as the golden key was under my mom’s control and as time flies… without consciousness… I got hooked up.
Somewhat, many would know Anthony Bourdain as a renown chef and television host. But, outside of his adventurous cooking, hosting and travelling groove, he was an abounding writer. At first, I regarded him as a cool cook dude who hosts a cooking show, and gets paid for eating and travelling the globe. Okay! Don’t judge the 10-year-old me – it was a few years back. But, somehow I came across one of his magnificent writing – Kitchen Confidential, which revolves around the commercial kitchens and depicts the intense and hazardous workplace beyond its surface. Bourdain’s artistic approach towards his writing made the common man to acknowledge and sense the art of cooking. And according to Bourdain, this agonizing workplace is no place for hobbyists and those entered this industry will be obviated without ferocity, dedication and passion towards cooking. The gruesome behind – the – scene epics that took place around the typical restaurant kitchens were perfectly crafted for audience’s view with a simpler language made this book and him unique.
And out of millions of snaps, this would be my favourite of all time. Two legendary personalities on a low plastic stool, chit-chatting while enjoying cold Hanoi beer. What a day to remember! Well, the pair’s visit was seriously a big deal to the owner. Oh, trust me! When I say it’s a big deal – it’s such a big deal. Yup! The owner decided to encase their table and it’s setting, right down to the beer bottle, which will usually be ended up in the dumpster, not in this case. The remnants of their meal were preserved and encased in glass alongside with the pair’s picture. So, if you’re planning for a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam don’t forget to drop by to click some good picture.
Anthony Bourdain’s passing made people from all over the world to mourn. A tremendous loss to the world. May he find peace up there! We weren’t there when he needed someone. But no worries! Now he is in a safe hand! But remember, you don’t decide your own expiry date as it was already printed on you when you were manufactured – safe and sealed! Hahaha!