In the kitchens of his native New York, Anthony Bourdain established himself as an elite chef. Thanks to multiple best-selling books and numerous TV programs bearing his name, he's since found a whole second career as an outspoken and brutally honest media personality.
The Bourdain that we know and love (or sometimes love to disagree with) began with the 2000 publication of his memoir "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." Raw, witty and wild, the book became a New York Times best-seller, went though multiple printings, and even spawned a short-lived FOX sitcom (also called "Kitchen Confidential") in which a then-relatively unknown Bradley Cooper played the character modeled on Bourdain, with Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") and Owain Yeoman ("The Mentalist") as members of his kitchen staff.
Bourdain's own stint in television lasted longer than the sitcom, however; first with "A Cook's Tour" for Food Network, then his popular "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" travelogue for Food Network's sister station Travel Channel. Running for 142 episodes between 2005 and 2012, "No Reservations" saw Bourdain traverse the globe sampling local cultures and cuisine with his usual acerbic commentary, and won an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming. It's probably best known, however, for the 2006 Emmy-nominated special episode, "Anthony Bourdain in Beirut," which documented Bourdain and his crew's experience being unexpectedly caught in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
"No Reservations" concluded when Bourdain moved to CNN to host his current program, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." He also currently is one of four judges on ABC's cooking competition series "The Taste," alongside Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. Bourdain, Lawson and Lefebvre pull double duty as the judges of Channel 4's British edition of "The Taste" as well. Season four of "Parts Unknown" will arrive on CNN this fall, followed by season three of "The Taste" next year.
Along the way, you've seen him as a guest on Bravo's "Top Chef," TLC's "Miami Ink," FOX's "The Simpsons," and FX's "Archer," in which he played tyrannical chef Lance Casteau, a spoof on his own in-your-face public persona. He also served as a consultant-writer for restaurant scenes in HBO's New Orleans drama "Treme," according to a report at NOLA.
While Bourdain may no longer be running a kitchen, his food expertise and distinct point of view have continued to serve him well and entertain audiences all over the world. No matter where he is, or what might be on the plate, if Bourdain is involved, the meal will never be boring. Keep up with Anthony Bourdain at AXS.com.