In late May, world-renowned chefs Éric Ripert and José Andrés posted a video on Instagram to tell the world that on June 25 they would be celebrating Bourdain Day to honor their late friend, the chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.
The day commemorates what would have been Bourdain’s 63rd birthday. The star of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” died in June 8, 2018, of a suicide.
How does one celebrate Bourdain Day? It’s simple.
In an Instagram post, Ripert invited Bourdain’s admirers to mark the day by “cheering Tony anywhere you want taking a moment to post & share your tributes & memories of Anthony using #BourdainDay & wish him Peace, Love and a very Happy Birthday on his journey.”
Other celebrities, friends and guests of “Parts Unknown” have taken to posting and toasting on social media.
.@ericripert and I celebrating #BourdainDay in Singapore at @KEK chili crab paradise restaurant with beers, chili crab and friends! Post your videos celebrating #BourdainDay @RoadsKingdoms join us! People@of the World! @CNN @wkamaubell pic.twitter.com/CiPJjaCP8Q— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 24, 2019
Happy #BourdainDay! If you’ve got memories of @AnthonyBourdain or his work, his birthday is a great day to share them. Here’s one, from a few years ago at the #StarChefs conference in NYC, with chef Marco Pierre White. @mpwgroup @chefjoseandres @ericripert #NoReservations pic.twitter.com/N9SLQzTenc— Ted Allen (@TheTedAllen) June 25, 2019
I’m so grateful for a day in honor of a man I respected very deeply. He was cool and brilliant. Over the years we found common ground through humor, music and food. I miss his wit and presence. Singular man.#BOURDAINDAY 🙏🏻 @ericripert @chefjoseandres pic.twitter.com/DnhnIiI4mt— rachael ray (@rachaelray) June 25, 2019