As shock and sadness spreads over news of Anthony Bourdain's death, the renowned celebrity chef is being remembered as a champion of Canadian cuisine.
Bourdain, 61, was also an author and the host of a library of adventurous cooking shows such as Emmy award-winning "Parts Unknown." That show took him all over the world, including a recently-aired episode about Newfoundland and Labrador (which made headlines after a few of the often-outspoken chef's tweets ruffled some feathers).
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement.
"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 faced backlash over the Newfoundland and Labrador episode when he responded to those wondering why two Quebec chefs were travelling with him by saying the two "Frenchies" were "solely responsible for enticing me there."
In response to the media outcry, Bourdain tweeted that he was "resolute in my love for Canada" (its media outlets ... not so much).
Another adventure in cretinous .— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 20, 2018
I am resolute in my love for Canada. Am coming to truly hate its "news" outlets. https://t.co/wcViLnIlUP
Despite the Twitter controversy, Bourdain's episode helped raise the profile of Newfoundland's cuisine as the celebrity chef dined with local chefs on moose meat and authentic fish and chips, and visited the island of St. Pierre where he embarked on cod fishing and moose hunting excursions.
Bourdain was also hosted by Jeremy Charles, the head chef at Raymond's in St. John's, N.L. There, he fawned over the seafood tower, and called the menus "hyper-localized" and "wildly creative."
Restaurants like @Raymondsnl and @themerchantnl have the expertise that can take on the world.— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) May 11, 2018
But don't take it from me.
Watch @Bourdain on @PartsUnknownCNN this Sunday.
1030pm local. 900pm EST. pic.twitter.com/9bLgOs6WSM
Bourdain was also vocal about his love of Quebec cuisine, and especially chefs Fred Morin and David McMillan of Joe Beef in Montreal. In May, he called the duo "more forceful and effective advocates for Canadian tourism than the Tourism Board."
He's the reason I fell in love with Montreal, and with you guys! I'm beyond sad today.— Jace Proctor (@JacePro) June 8, 2018
As news of his death spread on Friday, the Montreal chefs — who travelled with Bourdain for the Newfoundland episode of "Parts Unknown" — responded on Twitter. Morin called Bourdain "loyal and kind," and tweeted an image of the ice shack they visited on the St. Lawrence river for a Quebec episode of "Parts Unknown."
I hated his leg locks but fuck was he loyal and kind.— Fred morin (@fredmadeit) June 8, 2018
"The two chefs served Bourdain an array of French classics, including foie gras over potato puree and chilled lobster a la Parisian. With heaps of black truffles aplenty, each dish was presented on vintage tableware. Wine pairings accompanied each course," CNN described the outing.
"Is there a billionaire or a despot anywhere on Earth who at this precise moment is eating better than us?" asked Bourdain in the episode.
In that episode, they also visited Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon, Restaurant Le Continental, L'Affaire est Ketchup, Liverpool House, Wilensky's and M Sur Masson.
Likely in response to Bourdain's death, McMillan simply tweeted an image of darkness.
My sympathies on the loss of your great friend. Tony loved you, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and we are all richer for it.— Ken Ernhofer (@kernhofer) June 8, 2018
In an interview with CBC Radio, McMillan said Bourdain was affable and blunt.
"Tony was approachable to anybody, would speak to everybody, he would drink with everybody," McMillan said. "It was a beautiful thing to see. It was very human."
His last memory of Bourdain was the six-hour ferry ride they took back to St. John's, he told CBC, where they just sat in the car, chatted, and listened to music.
"I'm still processing everything," he said of Bourdain's death.
In 2013, Bourdain came to the defence of an issue not without controversy: the Canadian seal hunt. He urged fellow chefs not to boycott Canadian seafood products because of the hunt, saying it would "doom" Inuit people.
I'm all for protecting seals, but a total ban dooms the indigenous people above arctic circle to death or relocation. @dannybowien consider— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 28, 2013
Bourdain spent time in an Inuit community in northern Quebec, where he participated in a hunt and a feast for an episode of "No Reservations."
And there is certainly a commercial dimension to Indigenous seal hunts. They should be allowed to make a living as well as feed themselves.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 28, 2013
In the episode, he called the hunt "both horror movie and heartwarming" and "A mixture of blood splattered butchery and loving nourishment. A meal like I've never experienced," according to CTV News.
I've never explained where my handle (go_jg) came from.— Jess, Cosmic Faun 💖💛💙 (@go_jg) June 8, 2018
It's from the first episode of No Reservation where Anthony Bourdain came to Canada. He didn't just go to a big city, he spent time with First Nations peoples. He highlighted people and culture. That meant a lot.
Other Canadian chefs took to social media to express their grief on Friday, including Jen Agg of The Black Hoof, Kate Chomyshyn of Quetzal, Vice network star Matty Matheson, Vij's restaurant in Vancouver and Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage.
I'm in shock, devastated and at a total loss for words (the right and wrong ones). I'm so sad for his family. I'm so sad for his friends. I'm so sad for his colleagues. I'm so sad for me.— Jen Agg (@TheBlackHoof) June 8, 2018
Like many chefs of my generation, Anthony Bourdain was one of my original influences. I read Kitchen Confidential when I was 17 and all I wanted was to be one of the tough as nails kitchen bitches he dedicated a whole section of his iconic book to. My cousin and I used to finish our homework as fast as we could on Thursdays to be able to watch a Cooks Tour. He made me want to travel the world and cook and he made me want to be a chef. Rest in Power Bourdain, you were a role model whether you wanted it or not. #icriedalittle
We are devastated to learn of the tragic passing of Anthony Bourdain today. He visited Vij's for No Reservations in 2008, & it changed our lives. He was a passionate food lover, and a brilliant writer. Sending love & strength to his family. #RIPAnthonyBordain#SuicidePreventionpic.twitter.com/ticXk4sjDE— Vij's (@EatDrinkVijs) June 8, 2018
We were so pleased to host @anthonybourdain and @joebeefmtl when they visited #NL. Shocked and saddened to hear that Anthony has exited this world. Take this time to reflect on his body of work and the contribution he has made to the food and travel world. But then really reflect on how we need to have better ways to help and reach people who feel like taking themselves out of this world is the only answer to their questions and troubles. #rip
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