Pinoy Chefs and Foodies Pay Homage
to Anthony Bourdain
By Luanne Arevalo
When news broke out that Anthony Bourdain has died of suicide at the age of 61, Filipinos mourned with the rest of the world for the chef, author, and TV host who opened people’s eyes to different cultures and cuisines. Tony had earned the Filipinos’ admiration and affection because of his one-of-a-kind personality, as well as for putting the spotlight on the Philippines many times, from hailing our lechon as the best pig in the world to digging deeper into the kind and giving nature of Filipino workers.
Among those who expressed their grief were personalities in the local food scene, who have either personally met Anthony or have been greatly inspired by him. Here’s what they had to say:
Chef Margarita Fores of Cibo
“One day in New York, the heavens conspired and I had the priceless chance to meet you, and so incredibly at your home,” Chef Gaita recalled. “…you changed the world for those of us in this crazy industry where what drives us is how we feed and nurture others.” She also included the hashtags #hero, #lifechanger, and #bourdainforever.
Chef JP Anglo of Sarsa
For Chef JP, meeting Tony was the best day in his life as a chef, especially since the man was his inspiration when he was still a struggling young cook. “You showed us that good food does not have to be expensive nor does it have to be in a fancy place. You taught us that we sometimes have to go to great lengths to find good, honest and sincere food and sometimes, it can be just around the corner,” he wrote. “Hope you’re having lots of beer sisig and lechon over there.”
Masarap Ba? of Instagram
The popular anonymous food reviewer on Instagram likened the loss to a father dying – a feeling that was definitely “hindi masarap.” She says Tony inspired her to be honest, bold, firm, and rebellious in the way she does reviews. “At ikaw din ang nag-inspire sa’kin na bigyan ng break ang mga maliliit na kainan pero deserving ng respeto at pagkilala,” she wrote.
Chef Gino Gonzales of Café Ysabel
Chef Gino honored Tony for his works as an author. “Thank you for the books that exposed kitchen life & a chef’s life to the world. Your books will always serve as an inspiration to future chefs and if they are really cut out for the kitchen,” he said.