Anthony Bourdain’s death in the summer of 2018 sent shock waves around the world. The pioneering chef was an icon to millions thanks to his numerous restaurants, books and travel shows, and he was loved by many. But the late star’s will largely benefited just one individual. Here’s a look at how Bourdain built his fortune – and who will now inherit it.
Born in New York City in 1956, Anthony Bourdain developed a passion for food while visiting France with his family. During his studies at Vassar College, then, he gained experience at various seafood restaurants during his studies before later honing his skills at the Culinary Institute of America. And after graduating, he went on to manage several New York restaurant kitchens – including One Fifth Avenue and The Supper Club.
Then, in 1998 Bourdain was appointed Brasserie Les Halles’ executive chef – a position he held for several years. But he had a flair for writing, too, as evidenced by his first book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which was published in 2000 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Bourdain later published several other books, such as 2001’s A Cook Tour and 2006’s The Nasty Bits, as well as writing for numerous publications.