Why Anthony Bourdain's death is a huge loss to the Latino community


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Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef, TV personality and writer died from an apparent suicide on Friday, June 8. He was 61. Chef Eric Ripert, a close friend of the TV host, found him unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning, according to CNN. No more details have been released about his death.

Anthony was in France filming an episode of his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. In the show, which is similar to his long-running Travel Channel series No Reservations, he traveled all over the world to find native cuisine and to get to know the people in the tiniest corners of the world.

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The chef has said that he explored the world to "eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice." He often visited places that people rarely vacationed in and brought his millions of viewers along for the ride.

In his many shows, Anthony was also seen eating with locals in various Latin American countries including but not limited to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and many others. While there, he tasted the traditional food and always made sure he enjoyed the cultures of each place. But that wasn't all he did throughout his life and career. The famous chef was also known for fighting for the Latino community and its underappreciated workers, who are an instrumental part of the restaurant business. 

He had a love for Latin culture that went beyond food.

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While exploring the world was a huge part of his work, he also used his platform and his reach to be a voice for the voiceless, particularly for Latinos in the United States who worked in the food industry.

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His death is a major loss to the Latino community in the United States.

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His deep love for Mexican food isn't the only thing that brought him close to Latinos. He also cares about the people. He has often been outspoken about the unfair treatment of immigrant restaurant workers, who he said are the "backbone of the food industry."

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Anthony credited Latinos for helping him in his career.

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Anthony began his career as a dishwasher, and has shared how knowledgeable and helpful Latinos were in the restaurants when he started working. “I walked into restaurants and the person always who’d been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American,” he once said.

He has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest critics.

He has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest critics.

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When Trump first began his presidential campaign, the chef was quick to speak out against the politician's deportation plans. “If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down," the chef told SiriusXM’s host Pete Dominick.

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He also often included Latino-owned restaurants in his shows.

For Parts Unknown, he visited food trucks in his hometown of Queens, New York and dedicated the entire May 2017 episode of the show to discuss the importance of immigrants in our workforce.

Anthony desperately wanted Latinos to get the recognition they deserve.

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While talking to the Houston Press he revealed that he believed the people in the back of restaurant kitchens deserve the awards and accolades the chefs often receive. “What frustrates me, of course, is that I would like--whatever the opinion, there's plenty of room for honest disagreement on immigration--I would like to see very much the people who are cooking and have been cooking in America and doing the large majority of the work in the service industry,” he said at the time. “Let's at least acknowledge that work. It's an integral, invaluable part of that profession and of that industry. That would make me happy. If they got a James Beard Award, you know, if the James Beard people acknowledged that Mexicans exist, that would be nice!”

Rest in peace, Anthony.

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