Anthony Bourdain was an exceptional chef and human being. Culinary adroitness aside, he nearly single-handedly transformed the manner in which Americans viewed food outside of their own dinner tables—as hand in hand with culture. Bourdain had reverence for cuisine but more importantly, he had reverence for those that created it.
He constantly reiterated the importance of sitting down with a family in order to bridge an understanding. Food was an entryway to culture, and not the other way around. Food was language. He was fearless and beloved by all. He will be greatly missed.
He was also hysterical, and never afraid to stand up for what he believed to be right. As the following tweets exemplify: