Anthony Bourdain attends the Turner Upfront 2016 at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse in New York, NY, on May 18, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Behar) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's Bay Area Legacy

Local food industry set pay their tributes to Bourdain...

KCBS Radio Morning News
June 08, 2018 - 5:52 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- News of Anthony Bourdain's death arrived in the wee hours of a Bay Area Friday morning. But it didn't take long for it to spread.

Bourdain was well-known in the Bay Area, where he visited frequently.  Oakland's Preeti Mistry is one of the chefs who got to know him. She was featured on one of Bourdain's first shows when he visited her now-closed Juhu Beach Club. Early Friday morning, she spoke with KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan and said through tears, "He was a guy who loved life, all of the things that we love about life: a cold beer, a great bowl of noodles, a sunny beach."

In one episode of his "Parts Unknown" series on CNN, Bourdain stopped by San Francisco's decidedly downscale Red's Java House. He ordered the hamburger, took a bite, looked into the camera and said, "This is the antidote to Alice Waters."

He seldom missed a stop at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco, saying if he died while dining there, he'd be "one lucky guy."

Up-and-coming chefs gravitated toward Bourdain, feeling he "got" what they were trying to do. KCBS Reporter Holly Quan said, "He liked hanging around with chefs he knew were doing unique things, he championed international cuisines, things that weren't mainstream." 

Earlier this year, Bourdain participated in the publication cookbook by James Syhanbout, the noted owner-chef at Hawker Fare.

In 2011, he told the New York Times, "Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. You go there as a snarky New Yorker thinking it’s politically correct, it’s crunchy granola, it’s vegetarian, and it surprises you every time. It’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it’s dirty and nasty and wonderful. There are a bunch of great bars in Chinatown: Mr. Bing’s, Li Po and then the fantastic Zam Zam Room in the Haight. It is definitely a place untouched by time."

Bourdain's apparent suicide, following that of fashion designer Kate Spade earlier this week, has many talking about suicide. KCBS Radio morning Anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor spoke with suicide prevention consultant Eve Meyer, the former executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention.


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