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Bourdain, 'Top Chef' Get Emmy Nominations

Bourdain, 'Top Chef' Get Emmy Nominations



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This year's list of potential winners includes plenty of food shows, although less Food Network than expected

Somehow it is once again awards season, which means we'll be camping out in each other's apartments with plenty bottles of wine and Twitter at the ready. First up, the Emmys.

Nominees this year include pop culture favorites Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Girls, but among the food crowd there were only a couple of names that we noted.

First up, Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, which is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. The Libya episode is also nominated for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, while its Myanmar episode is nominated for Outstanding Cinematography as well as Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. Bourdain himself is nominated as an Outstanding Host for A Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

Meanwhile, Top Chef was obviously nominated for the Outstanding Reality-Competition section, also gaining recognition for their "Last Chance Kitchen" special, plus their Interactive program on BravoTV.com. Their "Glacial Gourmand" episode is nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming.

Guy Fieri has one nomination, with Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for Outstanding Reality Program; MasterChef has one episode nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series, while Deadliest Catch has four nominations, including Outstanding Reality Program. "The Mutiny on Bering Sea" episode is nominated for Outstanding Cinematography as well as Picture Editing and Sound Mixing.

In lesser food-oriented programs, Bob's Burgers was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (O.T.: The Outside Toilet), while Disney's Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe got a shoutout as well. The Weight of the Nation fo Kids: Quiz Ed! from HBO is also nominated for Outstanding Children's Program. Finally, Jerry Seinfeld's coffee-comedy-centric Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is nominated as well. Not bad food world, not bad.


Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Michael Bourdain ( / b ɔːr ˈ d eɪ n / June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American chef, book author, [1] journalist, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. [2] Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens during his career, which included many years spent as an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000).

His first food and world-travel television show A Cook's Tour ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he began a three-season run as a judge on The Taste, and concurrently switched his travelogue programming to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Though best known for his culinary writings and television presentations, along with several books on food and cooking and travel adventures, Bourdain also wrote both fiction and historical nonfiction. On June 8, 2018, Bourdain committed suicide while on location in France for Parts Unknown. [3]


Anthony Bourdain struggled financially for years

Anthony Bourdain was born into a middle-class family. His father dropped out of Yale and worked at a printing company by day and a record store by night. His mother was a magazine and newspaper editor. Growing up, Bourdain said that his parents often spent more than they could afford, such as sending him to private school, making renovations on their home, or purchasing expensive cars (via Wealthsimple).

Bourdain himself worked nominally as a paperboy, dishwasher, and kitchen cook in his teens, but spent much of the money he earned on "loose joints" and movies. His parents managed to pay for two years of Vassar, but were relieved when he dropped out to go to the Culinary Institute of America instead. While attending school, he worked in New York City restaurants for $40 a shift, and made money on the side playing cards and selling drugs. After graduating in 1978, he made up to $120 a shift, then $800 a week at Les Halles as executive chef, but was still spending recklessly.

As reported by Eater, "Bourdain spent any spare funds on weed and the occasional trip to the Caribbean." He would often quit his jobs to take a vacation, then find a new job when he got back. Throughout his 20-year career as a chef, he would consistently owe money to bosses, the IRS, and American Express. Although he had found success in cooking and some writing, his lifestyle left him broke.


20 Fun Facts about Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain attended Vassar College before dropping out to pursue a career in cooking.

His big break came in 2000 when he released the eye-opening Kitchen Confidential, which blew the doors wide open on the closeted world of restaurant kitchens.

Bourdain’s love of food started when he was 10. He was visiting France and tried a fresh oyster on a fishing boat.

Before becoming a chef, Bourdain wanted to be a comic book artist. He actually co-wrote a graphic novel called Get Jiro! In 2011.

Throughout his career, Bourdain received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won four, all for his work on Parts Unknown.

Parts Unknown also received the prestigious Peabody Award, which honors the most enlightening and evocative forms of storytelling in electronic media.

Billy Joel was one of a few artists that was off limits in Bourdain’s kitchens. Playing certain music, including Joel, Elton John and The Grateful Dead, could be grounds for firing.

Bourdain once told the Boston Herald that he’s “more of a cat person than a dog person”.

He’s made a wide variety of TV guest appearances, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Miami Ink and The Simpsons.

Bourdain was also a big fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, practicing the art almost daily.

His guilty pleasures included KFC, Popeye’s and macaroni and cheese.

True Bourdain fans know of his disdain for The Food Network, however, there’s one FN show he actually didn’t mind: The Barefoot Contessa.

Bourdain’s second wife was a hostess at one of Eric Ripert’s restaurants when they met. Bourdain and Ripert were best friends until the end (Ripert was the one who found Bourdain after he passed).

According to Bourdain, everyone should know how to make an omelet, roast a chicken, grill a steak and make a basic soup or stew.

In a 2007 Q&A session, Bourdain revealed that the worst things he’s ever eaten were fermented shark in Iceland and warthog rectum in Namibia.

Bourdain was also a staff writer for the HBO show, Treme, working to better develop the character of Janette Desautel, a New Orleans chef trying to get her restaurant back off the ground after Hurricane Katrina.

Bourdain’s first job in the kitchen: a dishwasher. A position he held for 30 years.

One of Bourdain’s favorite places to travel was Tokyo. He once said that if he had to eat only in one city for the rest of his life, Tokyo would be it.

Throughout his career, Bourdain wrote a total of 13 books, eight non-fiction and five fiction books.

Bourdain also has his own brand of chocolate bar. Each bar is supposedly one of a kind and retails for no less than $18 a pop.

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Anthony Bourdain and 'Top Chef' lead culinary Emmy nominations

A powerful episode of Anthony Bourdain's culinary travel show No Reservations in Haiti has been nominated for three Emmy awards, while the show itself has been nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Similarly, Top Chef has also been nominated in four Emmy categories, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming.

Nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards , which recognize the best in TV programming, were announced this week.

In addition to being nominated for outstanding cinematography, picture editing, and outstanding nonfiction series, Bourdain has also been recognized for his writing on the Haiti episode, an hour-long show that shines an uplifting spotlight on the country in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

Though known for his irreverent, expletive-laced, blackly humored sarcasm and guffaw-worthy one-liners - termed Bourdainisms by producers - Bourdain set aside some of his trademark cynicism to capture hopeful moments against a tangled backdrop of rubble and destruction: anonymous artists who produce art work knowing full well they won't sell anything a family dinner in a home that's still standing, while their neighbor's house is reduced to a pile of collapsed walls and small signs that life is returning back to normal on the Rue du Poulet, or Chicken Street, where hawkers sell all manner of chicken bits late at night.

During filming the country was in the middle of a cholera epidemic and faced impending hurricanes.

Bourdain is an accomplished writer having penned a New York Times bestseller Kitchen Confidential. He is also a writer for the kitchen drama part of Treme, an HBO series by David Simon, the creator of The Wire.

He's also rumored to be getting another travel food show that will be more "accessible" to regular travelers.

Top Chef, meanwhile, has been nominated for outstanding cinematography for reality programming, outstanding direction for nonfiction programming, outstanding picture editing for reality programming and outstanding reality-competition programming.

The Emmy Awards airs live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday, September 18 at 8 pm EDT on Fox.


Author Updates

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to the stunning desert solitude of Oman's Empty Quarter – and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places – in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

Supplementing Bourdain's words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris a guide to Chicago's best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more.

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From the host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential, this wonderful book sees Bourdain travelling the world discovering exotic foods.

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, 'What would be the perfect meal?', Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail.

Our adventurous chef starts out in Japan, where he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish which can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded road to Pailin into autonomous Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun Club, where local fare is served up alongside a menu of available firearms. In Saigon, he's treated to a sustaining meal of live Cobra heart before moving on to savor a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mecong Delta. Further west, Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony's youth, the first stop on his European itinerary. And from France, it's on to Portugal, where an entire village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're only halfway around the globe. . . A Cook's Tour recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable style, the adventures and misadventures of America's favorite chef.


The show also received nods for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera), and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera).

There was also a nomination for the short-form series on CNN.com called Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, which is up for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been nominated for 31 Emmys since its debut, across all categories. To date, the show has won five statues.


The show also received nods for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera), and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera).

There was also a nomination for the short-form series on CNN.com called Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, which is up for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been nominated for 31 Emmys since its debut, across all categories. To date, the show has won five statues.


Anthony Bourdain's mother speaks out about his tragic death

"Suicide is something more common than I ever thought. So many people came talking to me, saying my grandmother, mother, father, sister [died by suicide]," said Chris. "But nobody ever wants to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the damn room. Everybody has suicide in their life somewhere."

Although Chris said he thinks Anthony wouldn't have liked being "the poster boy for suicide prevention," he acknowledges the importance of discussing mental illness now in order to remove the stigma surrounding it. He also said he believes that certain cultures place a lot of guilt on those who knew the deceased.

"We [as a society] spread shame of 'we could have done something, we have failed'," Chris said. According to Chris, if people practice the very same open-mindedness his brother applied to everyday interactions with individuals from all walks of life, we could make progress.

Chris also said this month isn't about mourning Anthony: It's about celebrating him. Anthony's dear friends, fellow chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés, will toast their comrade on his birthday, June 25, and have asked the world to do the same by posting photos and videos using the hashtag #BourdainDay.

During June, fans of the iconic chef from around the world can also plan a trip to New Jersey to toast to Anthony at his favorite home-state haunts, from Hiram's in Fort Lee to Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City, as part of the official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail. You can sit at tables where Anthony once dined, eating clams, hot dogs and cheesesteaks, while sipping on a beer — all in memory of the celebrated chef.


Anthony Bourdain Posthumously Wins 6 Emmy Awards — Including the 1 He Always Coveted

On Sept. 9, three months after his death, the Television Academy honored Anthony Bourdain with multiple wins at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The late chef and his CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, were nominated in six categories and won in five. The series picked up three trophies for picture editing, sound editing, and sound mixing. Bourdain himself won two individual awards, one for best informational series and the other for writing for a nonfiction program.

In addition to those wins, Bourdain also received an Emmy for best nonfiction short or reality for Parts Unknown's digital webseries spinoff, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown. The late TV host had previously won four Emmys, the most recent of which was for the best informational series or special in 2016.

According to HuffPost, Lydia Tenaglia — Bourdain's longtime collaborator and an executive producer of Parts Unknown — accepted the nonfiction writing Emmy on his behalf and referenced the eight previous nominations Bourdain received for writing. "Tony was nominated for this Emmy many times. It was the one award he secretly coveted but it had always eluded him," she noted. "So it's with a sense of bittersweetness that I accept it tonight on his behalf."

"Tony is truly off on a trip to parts unknown now. I wish we could be there to shoot it," she added. "I'm sure he would have written the hell out of that episode."

The 12th and final season of Parts Unknown will air in seven episodes this Fall on CNN. Though initially scheduled to be removed from Netflix on June 16, all eight of its previous seasons are still available to watch "for months to come."


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