A Look Back at Anthony Bourdain's Insanely Successful Culinary Career

The star of CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown passed away today at 61.

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On Friday, June 8, the culinary world when it was announced that TV host, author, and chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France at 61. To honor the late food mogul, there has been an outpouring of love and support from who want to offer their sympathies to the Bourdain family after this devastating news.

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As a chef who has starred in multiple TV series, it's hard to remember a time when Anthony wasn't racing all over the world to find hidden food gems. But before all the TV appearances and Emmys, there were more humble beginnings. Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City and was raised in the New Jersey suburbs. He attended Vassar College for two years before graduating in 1978 from the world-famous Culinary Institute of America.

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It wasn't long before his deep food knowledge and commanding disposition led to him to run many New York City restaurant kitchens, including One Fifth Avenue, Supper Club, and Sullivan's. In 1998, he got his big break and became executive chef at the NYC French eatery Brasserie Les Halles.

As his cooking career continued to soar, Bourdain also began writing. In 2000, he published his bestselling book , an insider's look at what really goes down in your favorite restaurant kitchens. Just a year later, in 2001, Anthony released , a fun, witty account of his travel experiences and the exotic foods he tried along the way. Then came the debut of his first TV series, A Cook's Tour, which ran until 2003.

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In 2004, Bourdain released , and in 2006, . Both went on to become New York Times bestsellers. Later came and , an urban historical account of NYC kitchens at the turn of the century.

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In TV, he continued to host shows similar to A Cook's Tour that allowed him to travel all over the world, try unique foods, and share his adventures. In 2005, he teamed up with Travel Channel to release Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which ran for nine seasons and earned two Primetime Emmy Awards.

Bourdain also made several guest appearances on reality shows, including Top Chef, Top Chef All Star, Miami Ink, and even a brief movie cameo in 2008's .

In 2013, Anthony Bourdain worked with CNN to create the TV series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which explores dining customs across the globe. The show has won four Emmys, with three consecutive wins from 2013-15 for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

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As of 2018, Anthony Bourdain's net worth was $16 million, according to .

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