Într-un articol scris în 2012 pentru revista Bon Apetit despre copilărie și amintirile pe care le are cu tatăl lui, Anthony Bourdain scria:
“He taught me early that the value of a dish is the pleasure it brings you; where you are sitting when you eat it—and who you are eating it with—are what really matter. Perhaps the most important life lesson he passed on was: Don’t be a snob. It’s something I will always at least aspire to—something that has allowed me to travel this world and eat all it has to offer without fear or prejudice. To experience joy, my father taught me, one has to leave oneself open to it.”
Esența lui Bourdain, “primul bucătar rockstar”, se regăsește în rândurile de mai sus. RIP.