Recent news of Anthony Bourdain's untimely death has stimulated discussion about the culinary feats of this amazing individual and his contribution to the world.  It is worth reflecting on his major accomplishments and his gravitating personality so we can acknowledge all that he has done during his lifetime and the amazing man he was.

1. Gastronomic Daredevil

Many are familiar with Anthony Bourdain's famous television appearances including A Cook's Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown.  Having eaten raw seal eyeball, sheep's testicles, cobra heart, maggots, and a long list of other extravagant foods, Bourdain is a badass and a daredevil when it comes to trying new things.  He has eaten things that people would never consider consuming in their lifetime, which is indicative of his worldly and open-minded personality.

2. His Respect for Other Individuals and Cultures

"If you're a cheap tipper or rude to your server, you are dead to me. You are lower than whale feces." This riveting quote and Bourdain's experiences as a whole indicate that he has an inherent respect for those with different professions and socioeconomic statuses.  Moreover, he uses food as a gateway to explore others cultures and become more familiar with people around the world.  Bourdain doesn't turn down an opportunity to try international cuisine, because he views accepting it as a sign of respect and a step toward becoming more aware of the world.  Bourdain's effective involvement with important activism efforts such as the #MeToo Movement and his attempts to better depict foreign populations and move away from generalizations reflects his remarkable character and impact.

3. His Perseverance 

Anthony Bourdain was not born successful, starting off as a dish washer, and experienced many difficulties on his path to becoming a successful chef, writer, and televisions star.  During his time as a chef, he developed a serious heroine addiction and was involved with several other drugs.  Bourdain eventually gave up these drugs and claims to have never been tempted to relapse. He also experienced several bouts of depressions, which he dealt with during both the highs and lows of his career. Amidst his struggles he was still able to thrive in the culinary field and pursue his passion for all things food.  The food industry will never forget this amazing man and all he has contributed to making the world a better place to live in.