Eric Ripert reflects on the loss of his friend Anthony Bourdain . The famous chef just filmed an episode Parts Unknown with Bourdain in France when he died suicide on June 8, finding the television presenter's body in his hotel room.
"He was witty and witty while being well informed about the food. Very friendly and complementary to what we did, "Ripert told Esquire of his first encounter with the future unknown parts that occurred not long after Bourdain's memoir, Kitchen Confidential was published. "I was very surprised, he had very good manners at the table. He was not the bad boy I imagined from the book. And after dinner we decided that we would have a drink. "
From there began a" long friendship, "and when Bourdain distinguished a unique space in the world of travel television, Ripert was often at his side. In fact, in each Bourdain show, Ripert made about a dozen appearances from the short-lived Cooks Tour to and Parts Unknown over nearly two years of decades. The serial finale of Parts Unknown was aired on Sunday, November 11th.
"He was a dear friend, and in life we do not have many good friends. I miss him enormously, "explained Ripert. "He was a tremendous inspiration in my life."
For this reason, Ripert now wants to make sure that people remember Bourdain as more than just a TV presenter. "He wanted people to be curious, adventurous, and obviously educated in the end," Ripert told the store, adding that his buddy was "successful in his vision."
Ripert, however, says he was surprised as well as Bourdain's suicide The rest of the world, noting Bourdain, was already preparing for another season of Parts Unknown at the time of his death. "His goal was to play a lot more seasons," explained Ripert. Stars that ate their soul before their struggles
"He has changed the way we see the world. He's changed the way TV shows cover travel shows and food shows, "recalls Ripert. "Who knew what happened in the Congo or in Libya except through his eyes? He gave the people a voice. His show was not a food show. It was not a travel show. It was much bigger than that. I think that's all I'll never forget. "
If you or someone you know is in distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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