Anthony Bourdain was, by all accounts, much more than just a chef with a tv show. He was an intensely kind and mindful person who was complicated and tortured. Which was evident from his 2018 suicide. I think his family would like to focus on his kind nature while establishing his legacy.
Later this fall the family will auction off some of his precious items with 60% of the money going to his widow and daughter and 40% will fund a new scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America in Bourdain’s name, allowing students to study abroad or focus on international cuisine.
The New York Times had details about some of the items, including his treasured Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife. A U.S. Navy jacket he received while fleeing the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in 2006 and a painting by John Lurie that seems eerily suited for the troubled chef titled “The Sky Is Falling, I am Learning to Live With It”.