Tonight on CNN, the network ran a special entitled Remembering Anthony Bourdain that was a retrospect on the chef’s life and career. It was emotional, it was reflective, and it was the perfect way to honor a man who lived a legacy like no other.
The first thing that we have to do at present is give CNN and its entire team a lot of credit for get something together so quickly. This special aired the night after news of Bourdain’s stunning death first started to spread and with that, they had to scramble to get together interviews with many different on-air personalities, whether it be Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, or many others. Yet, they managed to do that as they shared information of their time with Bourdain and the impact that he brought to the network. While Anthony is not a journalist by any means, he is someone who finds a way to bring humanity to places that you often read about in the news. He was one of the most effective storytellers of our time in that way.
We also did love that the special spent some time on particularly notable moments, whether it be Bourdain interviewing a controversial Vladimir Putin critic in Russia over dinner or getting a chance to spend some time with President Obama in Vietnam. The restaurant that the two visited since framed the table and stools that the two sat on — consider this a reminder that the places Bourdain visited appreciated his presence greatly and he enriched them in a way that is different than what many people often associate with Americans overseas.
Bourdain changed the way that we view food shows, travel shows, and even people in general. We think it’s going to be incredibly hard to fully measure his overall impact.
Tomorrow night, CNN is airing a marathon of Parts Unknown episodes, which you can read a little bit more about by visiting the link here.
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Our thoughts of course continue to go out to Bourdain and his family during this difficult time. (Photo: CNN.)