Chef Eric Ripert, the co-owner and executive chef of Le Bernardin in New York City, found Anthony Bourdain dead in his hotel room in France.
In a new interview, Ripert is speaking out after Bourdain’s tragic passing, appearing on CBS This Morning where he reflected on the duo’s 20 years of friendship.
“Anthony was very curious by nature. Very respectful of cultures and he wanted to share with the public, his discoveries,” Ripert shared. “The idea was do not be scared of traveling and do not be scared going to other countries and do not stay at the resort, do not stay at the hotel and eat the normal menu. Just go out, go in the street and engage with people.”
He continued, “Try the food and learn the culture from that experience and I think he did really well in breaking walls, right, in between us and other countries that we sometimes are a bit scared or nervous to visit and that was really a great part of his legacy.”
Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
“We used to play pranks on each other and we used to have a lot of fun, but he never criticized my food, which was nice,” he said.