For many, Anthony Bourdain helped put Dubai on the global food map
The celebrated chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61.
The chef was found unresponsive in his hotel room on location in France on Friday morning by his close friend Éric Ripert.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement, confirming the news. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter (Ariane) and family at this incredibly difficult time."
Anthony Bourdain was known for his adventurous approach to cuisine. And even came to Dubai to film Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations back in 2010.
Anthony Bourdain at Bu Qtair, Dubai, when filming Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in 2010
In the Dubai episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, he dines everywhere from the high end Atlantis The Palm, to the iconic Pakistani restaurant Ravi in Satwa and the "fish sack", Bu Qtair.
Of Ravi, he said, "You don't come for the decor, you come for the food." And Bu Qtair, with the fresh catch-of-the-day seems to blow the chef away.
Watch the Bu Qtair portion of the show here:
Bourdain is survived by Ariane, his 11-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia. And the chef was most recently in a relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento.