Food In Provincetown, where Anthony Bourdain got his start, shock over his death

18:09  08 june  2018
18:09  08 june  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The reported death of CNN travel host Anthony Bourdain sent shockwaves on Friday through the Provincetown restaurant scene, where Bourdain first got his start in the business decades ago.

“He was really trying to connect food to people in a wonderful kind of way,” said John Yingling, a Provincetown restaurant owner who knew Bourdain for about 40 years. “He went around the world, trying to make people get along better. He was doing a good thing.”

Bourdain, who was 61, killed himself in a hotel room while filming an episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown” in France, the network reported Friday morning.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague,” CNN said in a statement.

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The one-hour episode began in Provincetown , Massachusetts, where a young Bourdain first worked in a kitchen. She explains how she needed the money to support her family, couldn’t get a job, and quickly started making money as a dealer. Bourdain also speaks about his own heroin addiction

Bourdain told the Globe in 2012 that he got his start in Provincetown as a restaurant dishwasher to pay the rent of a house he shared with friends, and “fell in love with the whole business and the whole subculture.”

Bourdain spent decades working as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast, before he became executive chef in the 1990s at Brasserie Les Halles, serving steak frites and French onion soup in lower Manhattan.

His unsolicited article to The New Yorker about the restaurant world caught the attention of book editors and resulted in his memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” which launched his television career.

“I love nothing more than the feeling of being in a city where I don’t speak the language, can’t read the signs, don’t really know what it is that they are eating,” Bourdain told the Globe in 2012.

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Yingling, 69, knew ever since Bourdain walked into Yingling’s Spititus Pizza in Provincetown while Boudain was dating one of Yingling’s employees.

Even then, Yingling said Bourdain’s intelligence and kindness stood out: Decades later, Bourdain would remember little details of friends’ lives and the experiences they shared together, he said.

“He wasn’t the guy who became famous and forgot his friends. He remembered this friends,” said Yingling, who was shocked by Bourdain’s death. “I’m very sorry for him, and his family.”

Bourdain would later film a 2014 segment at Yingling’s Spiritus Pizza.

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Yingling said it wasn’t surprising to him that Bourdain could make the jump from kitchen to television.

“He took what he knew and turned it into something else — that’s how smart he was,” Yingling said.

The same 2014 episode of Bourdain’s show also featured the Shady Glen Diner in Turner Falls, which Charles Garbiel has owned for about six years.

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3. he got his start as a dishwasher. In a 2014 episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain paid a visit to Provincetown , Mass., a tiny town at the tip of Cape Cod, and the place where he decided to pursue a career in cooking.

When producers for Bourdain’s show first contacted him in the spring of 2014 about filming, they told him they wanted to showcase longtime local restaurants, and wanted to include an “old, rustic diner” in the broadcast, Garbiel said.

Bourdain’s crew spent a day filming at the diner in 2014, and the host himself showed up in the afternoon — but instead of talking shop, Bourdain and Garbiel talked about mixed martial arts.

Garbiel’s diner has photos from his days competing in tournaments, and Bourdain noticed the pictures, and correctly guessed Garbiel’s fighting style (muay thai, a form of kickboxing), Garbiel said.

Garbiel remembered he and Bourdain spent about 40 minutes talking about fighting before getting to down to work.

Garbiel said he was saddened to see reports that Bourdain had died, and that other restaurant owners won’t have a chance to work with him.

“It’s a loss to not have that opportunity anymore. I’m grateful that he came,” Garbiel said.

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CNN confirmed the cause of death was suicide. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday. "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 and family at this incredibly difficult time.

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