By LOUISA DEVADASON
On Friday, June 8, we lost Anthony Bourdain. The former executive chef of the now-closed Brasserie Les Halles, the host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, and the author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Bourdain had a love for travel and food.
Bourdain also had a heart for the road less travelled and an open mind for cultures and people of all walks of life.
As Bourdain himself had a unique way with words, we remember him by sharing some of his views and insight – his memorable and colourful words touched the lives of those he met and those he never knew.
On what it means to be a chef
“There are plenty of great cooks in this world – but not that many great chefs. The word “chef” means “chief”. A chef is simply a cook who leads other cooks. That quality – leadership, the ability to successfully command, inspire, and delegate work to others – is the very essence of what chefs are about.”
On the importance of dedication
“Practising your craft in expert fashion is noble, honourable and satisfying.”
On trying new things
“That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.”
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
And of course, on food
“You learn a lot when you share a meal together.”
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Louisa is currently pursuing a Masters of Development Practice overseas — majoring in community development. She is an editorial associate and freelance writer with Leaderonomics. An extrovert who loves to bug her team and the outdoors; she thinks change is exciting and should be embraced.