We are all deeply saddened by the death of Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain didn’t just teach us about food. His intrepid spirit, deep curiosity, and relentless honesty showed us what and how people eat across the globe in a whole new way. Calling him a celebrity chef almost seems like a disservice. His work always went beyond mere cookery. Food was just a springboard for showing us the world. As we mourn the loss of this culinary trailblazer, we also remember his tremendous legacy.

Just two months ago, Bourdain took the time to answer questions from Chowhound community members. One user asked about his adventurous eating habits. Here’s what the “Parts Unknown” host had to say: “I’ll try anything once—I managed to avoid dog, but other than that, yes, I pretty much will try anything. If I’m already at the table, I never say no.” That open-mindedness is what we admired so much about him. Maybe try something new today in his honor?

Bourdain not only embraced foods foreign to so many of us, but helped introduce us to them in an unpretentious and non-exploitative way—an admirable feat in a media world that often sensationalizes or demeans other cultures. He ate stuff like fermented shark or something called “the soup of death” in the chillest, yet most educational way possible.

Bourdain also had this to say about his favorite places to eat: “My favorite (restaurants) are the little, small family-run places and street food. I’m happy just eating a bowl of noodles in Vietnam in the street—that’s just kind of perfect for me.” Again, more honesty and zero pretension from one of the food world’s biggest stars. His voice will be deeply missed.

You can read the rest of the community discussion here, a profile of his recent work here, and a look back at his vibrant life here.

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Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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