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57 Best Quotes By Anthony Bourdain, The Celebrated American Chef

Famous As: American Celebrity Chef and TV Personality
Born On: June 25, 1956
Died On: June 8, 2018
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Died At Age: 61
Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American professional chef, television personality and author, who has risen to prominence as a celebrity chef and is counted among the most distinguished figures in the world of culinary arts. After discontinuing his education at Vassar College, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to that he had worked part time in some restaurants as from an early age he had been interested in becoming a chef. Bourdain is a former executive chef at the famous Brasserie Les Halles restaurant lo-cated in Manhattan, New York. However, he became particularly famous after he penned down the book ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Kitchen Underbelly’ and followed it up with work such as ‘Nasty Bits’, ‘A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal’ and ‘No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach’ among others. Additionally, he has also carved a niche as a television personality with shows like ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ and ‘The Layover’. Anthony Bourdain is also a great orator and has expressed his thoughts on food, travel, kitchen, dining, humour, attitude and life on various platforms. We bring to you a collection of sayings and thoughts by Anthony Bourdain which have become popular quotes just like his cuisines.
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Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Anthony Bourdain
I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you.

I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you.

Anthony Bourdain
Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.

Anthony Bourdain
No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.

No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.

Anthony Bourdain
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.

Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.

Anthony Bourdain
Don't lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don't do it again. Ever

Don't lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don't do it again. Ever

Anthony Bourdain
The journey is part of the experience - an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca.

The journey is part of the experience - an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca.

Anthony Bourdain
Don't touch my dick, don't touch my knife.

Don't touch my dick, don't touch my knife.

Anthony Bourdain
You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.

You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.

Anthony Bourdain
To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

Anthony Bourdain
Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.

Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.

Anthony Bourdain
That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.

That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.

Anthony Bourdain
There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.

There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.

Anthony Bourdain
Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.

Anthony Bourdain
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Anthony Bourdain
I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas - fat, drugged, and completely out of it.

I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas - fat, drugged, and completely out of it.

Anthony Bourdain
The way you make an omelet reveals your character.

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.

Anthony Bourdain
I'm not going anywhere. I hope. It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. 
But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

I'm not going anywhere. I hope. It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Anthony Bourdain
Luck is not a business model.

Luck is not a business model.

Anthony Bourdain
I am in no way supportive of hunting for trophies or sport - would never do it and don't like it that others do. But if you kill it, then eat it, it's fine.

I am in no way supportive of hunting for trophies or sport - would never do it and don't like it that others do. But if you kill it, then eat it, it's fine.

Anthony Bourdain
There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.

There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.

Anthony Bourdain
An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.

An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.

Anthony Bourdain
Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Anthony Bourdain
I, a product of the New Frontier and Great Society, honestly believed that the world pretty much owed me a living--all I had to do was wait around in order to live better than my parents.

I, a product of the New Frontier and Great Society, honestly believed that the world pretty much owed me a living--all I had to do was wait around in order to live better than my parents.

Anthony Bourdain
Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.

Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.

Anthony Bourdain
Only desperation can account for what the Chinese do in the name of 'medicine.' That's something you might remind your New Age friends who've gone gaga over 'holistic medicine' and 'alternative Chinese cures.

Only desperation can account for what the Chinese do in the name of 'medicine.' That's something you might remind your New Age friends who've gone gaga over 'holistic medicine' and 'alternative Chinese cures.

Anthony Bourdain
Food had power. It could inspire, astonish, shock, excite, delight and impress. It had the power to please me . . .

Food had power. It could inspire, astonish, shock, excite, delight and impress. It had the power to please me . . .

Anthony Bourdain
And now to sleep, to dream...perchance to fart.

And now to sleep, to dream...perchance to fart.

Anthony Bourdain
Good food and good eating are about risk.

Good food and good eating are about risk.

Anthony Bourdain
Our movements through time and space seem somehow trivial compared to a heap of boiled meat in broth, the smell of saffron, garlic, fishbones and Pernod.

Our movements through time and space seem somehow trivial compared to a heap of boiled meat in broth, the smell of saffron, garlic, fishbones and Pernod.

Anthony Bourdain
I believe I should be able to treat my hamburger like food, not like infectious fucking medical waste.

I believe I should be able to treat my hamburger like food, not like infectious fucking medical waste.

Anthony Bourdain
Without new ideas success can become stale.

Without new ideas success can become stale.

Anthony Bourdain
I could eat bloody Elvis - if you put enough vinegar on him.

I could eat bloody Elvis - if you put enough vinegar on him.

Anthony Bourdain
I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books.

I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books.

Anthony Bourdain
Writing anything is a treason of sorts.

Writing anything is a treason of sorts.

Anthony Bourdain
My love for chaos, conspiracy and the dark side of human nature colors the behavior of my charges, most of whom are already living near the fringes of acceptable conduct.

My love for chaos, conspiracy and the dark side of human nature colors the behavior of my charges, most of whom are already living near the fringes of acceptable conduct.

Anthony Bourdain
Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.

Anthony Bourdain
Only one in four has a chance at making it.... And right there, I knew that if one of us was getting off dope, and staying off dope, it was going to be me. I was going to live. I was the guy.

Only one in four has a chance at making it.... And right there, I knew that if one of us was getting off dope, and staying off dope, it was going to be me. I was going to live. I was the guy.

Anthony Bourdain
Under 'Reasons for Leaving Last Job', never give the real reason, unless it's money or ambition.

Under 'Reasons for Leaving Last Job', never give the real reason, unless it's money or ambition.

Anthony Bourdain
Cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards.

Cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards.

Anthony Bourdain
He doesn't yearn for a better, different life than the one he has - because he knows he's got a home in this one.

He doesn't yearn for a better, different life than the one he has - because he knows he's got a home in this one.

Anthony Bourdain
...for the rest of my life- to resemble this one: both complex and strangely comforting.

...for the rest of my life- to resemble this one: both complex and strangely comforting.

Anthony Bourdain
Early moralists who believed that taking too much pleasure at the table led inexorably to bad character-or worse, to sex-were (in the best-case scenario, anyway) absolutely right.

Early moralists who believed that taking too much pleasure at the table led inexorably to bad character-or worse, to sex-were (in the best-case scenario, anyway) absolutely right.

Anthony Bourdain
Remember, brunch is only served once a week — on the weekends. Buzzword here, 'Brunch Menu'. Translation? 'Old, nasty odds and ends, and 12 dollars for two eggs with a free Bloody Mary'.

Remember, brunch is only served once a week — on the weekends. Buzzword here, 'Brunch Menu'. Translation? 'Old, nasty odds and ends, and 12 dollars for two eggs with a free Bloody Mary'.

Anthony Bourdain
It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.

It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.

Anthony Bourdain
Perhaps omelet skills should be learned at the same time you learn to fuck.

Perhaps omelet skills should be learned at the same time you learn to fuck.

Anthony Bourdain
My last semester at Vassar, I'd taken to wearing nunchakus in a strap-on holster and carrying around a samurai sword — that should tell you all you need to know.

My last semester at Vassar, I'd taken to wearing nunchakus in a strap-on holster and carrying around a samurai sword — that should tell you all you need to know.

Anthony Bourdain
I Like this quote I dislike this quote“My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.

I Like this quote I dislike this quote“My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.

Anthony Bourdain
I'd been the culinary equivalent of the Flying Dutchman too long, living a half-life with no future in mind, just oozing from sensation to sensation.

I'd been the culinary equivalent of the Flying Dutchman too long, living a half-life with no future in mind, just oozing from sensation to sensation.

Anthony Bourdain
Having a sous-chef with excellent cooking skills and a criminal mind is one of God's great gifts.

Having a sous-chef with excellent cooking skills and a criminal mind is one of God's great gifts.

Anthony Bourdain
I've assembled a pretty good collection of mid-'70s New York punk classics on tape: Dead Boys, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Heartbreakers, Ramones, Television and so on,

I've assembled a pretty good collection of mid-'70s New York punk classics on tape: Dead Boys, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Heartbreakers, Ramones, Television and so on,

Anthony Bourdain
Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn't prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining.

Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn't prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining.

Anthony Bourdain
This, I knew, was the magic I had until now been only dimly and spitefully aware of.

This, I knew, was the magic I had until now been only dimly and spitefully aware of.

Anthony Bourdain
I learned to recognize failure.

I learned to recognize failure.

Anthony Bourdain
And chicken is boring. Chefs see it as a menu item for people who don't know what they want to eat.

And chicken is boring. Chefs see it as a menu item for people who don't know what they want to eat.

Anthony Bourdain
Global knives,

Global knives,

Anthony Bourdain