Top Indian chefs mourn the death of Anthony Bourdain

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Former US president Barack Obama also took to Twitter and posted a throwback picture with the chef.

We spoke to a few Indian chefs about the man who brought cultures together.

Bourdain was born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey.

"I'm sorry I've been dreading this conversation", he said.

"Tony, as I will remember him".

As for Africa, Bourdain declared the continent, "one of the best arguments for travel I can think of", and lauded its ability to exist as a "functioning multicultural, multilingual, extraordinarily TOLERANT society".

Bourdain was found dead by one of his closest friends, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, in a hotel outside Strasbourg, France.

In recent episodes of his show Parts Unknown, he used his platform to denounce the racism and xenophobia of the Trump administration, and to highlight the unique contributions of different immigrant groups across the American landscape. Photo: AAPIt isn't clear how or why he killed himself, but tests are being done. He always went home between filming episodes to spend time with is 11-year-old daughter, Ariana, who lives with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia, a mixed-martial-arts fighter, in NY.

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Hotel staff told the New York Times that Ripert tried to reach Bourdain on his cell phone, and that a receptionist then went to Bourdain's room, where he was found.

Gladys Bourdain says that all funeral arrangements will be handled by Anthony's estranged wife, Ottavia Busia Bourdain, because she is still his legal next of kin.

The renowned chef, writer and correspondent was a frequent critic of Trump, and said that he had "Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer".

'His travel schedule was grueling, and he often seemed quite beat-up from it, as anyone would be, ' said the source, whom the magazine described as having worked closely with Bourdain in the past year.

Anthony Bourdain's grief-stricken girlfriend Asia Argento was spotted on June 9 for the first time since his shocking suicide. "I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women". Argento said she was "beyond devastated" by his death and asked for privacy both for herself and his family.

Also waiting, just down the road, was Bourdain's camera crew.

But it wasn't just the Me Too movement that Bourdain threw his support behind.

There was, of course, a more lighthearted side to his travels, including some wild and freaky eating experiences. Years of hard work in kitchens around Manhattan, and as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, finally paid off. In the preface to the latest edition of "Kitchen Confidential", Bourdain wrote of his shock at the success of his book, which he managed to write by getting up at 5 a.m. before his kitchen shifts.

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