Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. We come here with some of his best quotes for you.
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.
I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you
Basic cooking skills are a virtue… the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill. [It’s] as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.
there’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar — even in this fake-ass Irish pub.
Without new ideas success can become stale
You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.
To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.
Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride
Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself
Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown
Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?
The way you make an omelet reveals your character
Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life
Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go
Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again
I, personally, think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.
I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it really hurts and is embarrassing
People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice… they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get
I am not a fan of people who abuse service staff. In fact, I find it intolerable. It’s an unpardonable sin as far as I’m concerned, taking out personal business or some other kind of dissatisfaction on a waiter or busboy.
Our movements through time and space seem somehow trivial compared to a heap of boiled meat in broth, the smell of saffron, garlic, fishbones and Pernod.
I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.
I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times
Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.
When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out
Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.