10 Black Celebs Who Dined With Anthony Bourdain
On June 8, Anthony Bourdain ended his life in a hotel room in Paris. The chef and No Reservations and Parts Unknown host’s passing left all of his many fans worldwide reeling, including the famous ones.
Ten in particular had the chance to sit down with Bourdain on his popular travel and food-infused shows. They met all over the world, and talked about their favorite meals, culture, and shared their experiences. And while they may have only had the chance to hang out and eat with Bourdain for one day, it was an opportunity they won’t forget. Check out 10 famous folks who had the chance to dine with Anthony Bourdain, and who’ve honored his life since the news of his passing.
Lupe Fiasco – Parts Unknown: Chicago
It was an Honor to Dine with the World Famous @anthonybourdain What a Beautiful Soul. We talked about everything from rock n roll cooking to politics we went on and on it was as if we were two buddies just catching up that's how much we had in common. May he rest in peace we all will miss this great one.
Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell – Parts Unknown: Miami
Desus Nice – Parts Unknown: The Bronx
Slim Thug – Parts Unknown: Houston
Chef Marcus Samuelsson – Parts Unknown: Ethiopia
Barack Obama – Parts Unknown: Hanoi
Michael K. Williams – No Reservations: Brooklyn
This man Anthony Bourdain was a giant in his field. He introduced many of us who were not into the culinary arts to the joys and pain of the kitchen. We both worked in NYC clubs back in the day and I was one of the final guests on his first show, No Reservations. He came to see the real Brooklyn. When I was in Rome I would tweet him for restaurant recommendations and he would give us great ones. Bourdain’s writing inspired me to tell my story. It’s bittersweet that I am in Paris and woke up to the news of him passing in Paris. I feel like I should have sensed his presence and found him. Rest In Peace Tony Bourdain.
Talib Kweli – Parts Unknown: Brooklyn
reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.
Questlove – Parts Unknown: Miami
Completely stunned by the news of Anthony Bourdain's passing. Got to sit down with him before our interview, and he shared parts of his story. His rise to success was so inspirational that I'm having a very hard time reconciling that with this news. I pray that God gives his family the strength to bear this loss. I pray we all learn not to take this life for granted. I pray that his life inspires us to realize that we can turn things around and go for our dreams like he did. I pray his death teaches us to take better care of ourselves and others. Depression is very real. Sigh.