I never met Anthony Bourdain. I never got the opportunity to share a meal with him and tell him how much of am influence in my life he was.
He was more than a chef. He was more than am author. He was more than a dude on TV. He was real. He was not politically correct. He hated people who were not real and authentic.
Bourdain filmed one episode in Israel. He filmed multiple in Vietnam. In Japan. In India. He even filmed two episodes in Lebanon. Why the hesitation to film in Israel?? I think it was because he wanted an authentic picture of the country. He filmed in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaxa. He did not film scenes with those who wished to demonize anyone. He filmed with real people. Those not on any power Those whose only concern was living with their neighbors. He never spoke with Hamas or Fatah. He listened to the different people he filmed with with respect. He made no judgments on the conflict publicly. I have no way of knowing what his thoughts were. He just respected people.
Tony, you will be missed. You touched my life along with many others. Your sarcastic wit…your compassion for others..your love of your fellow man. That is what I remember. That is what the world will remember you for. I just hope you are finally at peace.