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Posted: June 08, 2018

The memorable first time Anthony Bourdain visited Waffle House

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

By George Mathis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in a hotel room in France. The cause of death was suicide, CNN reported.

The following article was written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2015.

CNN food critic and world traveler Anthony Bourdain had never eaten at a Waffle House.

CNN’s “Parts Unknown” host made a career out of visiting some of the world’s most eccentric locales and eating whatever the local populace will put on a plate, stick or shingle.

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The worst thing he’s ever eaten? Fermented shark in Iceland, which somehow beat out maggot fried rice and raw seal eyes

The best? Could it be a pecan waffle from Waffle House?

Bourdain visited a South Carolina Waffle House back in 2015 with southern chef Sean Brock, who said he has visited the roadside eatery since he was a young because he enjoys watching food being prepared.

Brock, from Charleston, apparently has the two-sided menu implanted in his DNA and instructs the man who has tasted everything to get a pecan waffle. He then shows him how to slather a butter-like substance into every waffle grid and soak it in syrup.

Bourdain’s review? He says Waffle House is “indeed marvelous” but seems as captivated by the late-night lunacy as the food.

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In the opening of the video, the famous chef (and imbiber of adult beverages) offers up high praise, calling the familiar diner a “yellow beacon of hope” for the “seriously hammered.”

Customers of all races, creeds and “degrees of inebriation” seem welcome, he says. “It never closes” and “is always there for you.”

Waffle House not only has delicious grub, but it’s a “place of safety and nourishment” for all, says Bourdain, who may have been consuming something fermented other than Icelandic shark while putting this piece together.

“That’s good,” exclaims Bourdain as he stuffs some waffle in his face.

Brock, in referencing a famous French restaurant in California, says “You don’t come here expecting The French Laundry” … “you expect something amazing.”

“This is better than The French Laundry,” says Bourdain, who may have trouble getting a reservation the next time he is in Napa.

But, with 2,100 Waffle Houses in the U.S., he probably won’t go hungry.


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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Anthony Bourdain attends "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste" Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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Antony Bourdain was known as a chef and television host who didn’t pull punches. He spoke his mind, unfiltered, no matter the subject or who he would anger.

He was a best-selling author and a television personality. 

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Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel room after committing suicide, CNN reported. He was 61.

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A look back at the life of the world-renowned chef, author and TV host, according to Biography.com:

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Bourdain admitted a past addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his book, “Kitchen Confidential” he outlined his battles with drugs including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He said he sold his record collection to buy drugs, Fox News reported.

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Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, an American chef, author, and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

Bourdain was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, CNN reported.

The Emmy-winning host committed suicide, CNN confirmed.

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"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown,” an award-winning series on CNN. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, CNN reported.

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The eleventh season of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

Bourdain won a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure," CNN reported.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” President Donald Trump said as he prepared to attend the G7 summit in Canada. “I enjoyed his show. He was a character.” 

Bourdain's death occurred three days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

The 24-hour telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).

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When news broke that Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, friends, coworkers and fans went to social media to mourn, reacting to his death.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s cause of death as suicide. He was the host of CNN’s series “Parts Unknown.” Eric Ripert, a chef and friend of Bourdain, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning, CNN reported. Bourdain was in France filming a new episode of the series.

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The reaction on social media varied from thoughts and prayers to asking why.

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