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Ultimate foodie. Never a Bore. Always. That is what chef Anthony “Tony” Bourdain is.

Just watch any episode of any of his shows (Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown) and it will convince you that his passion for food is the very essence which makes him THE Anthony Bourdain.

But he’s not only about food. He is also into travel and writing. These are quite evident in his TV shows. In every city that he jets to, expect him to eat, eat and eat. His writing has garnered him several best-selling books which include Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, A Cook’s Tour and The Nasty Bits.

What makes him an unforgettable figure in the culinary and television world, is his no-nonsense honesty and on-the-go attitude. And he writes or says his opinion with a touch of poetry that still comes out bluntly.

It is one of the central ironies of my career that as soon as I got off heroin things started getting really bad. High on dope I was, prior to Gino’s, at least a chef – well paid, much liked by crew and floor and owners alike. Stabilized on methadone, I became nearly unemployable by polite society – a shiftless, untrustworthy, coke-sniffer, sneak-thief, and corner-cutting hack, toiling in obscurity in the culinary backwaters. I worked mostly as a cook, moving from place to place, often working under an alias. -excerpt from Kitchen Confidential. source: About.com

When you accompany him to his many culinary adventures worldwide, be sure to wear your cowboy side. Wherever the must-try food is, even if it is in newly-liberated Libya or in snow-covered Quebec, he will follow it.

Yes, his love for food, especially cheese, has given him more bad cholesterol than his body needs but, no, he wouldn’t give it up. That is what Lipitor is for.

Catch him on CNN for his latest show entitled Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

La vie est tres belle,

Freine ♕