The news of the passing of Anthony Bourdain hit me hard. I was fortunate to meet the travel legend a couple of times, including in the relaxing atmosphere of the Cayman Cookout in 2016. Some clever person referred to him as the Fonzy of travel personalities and I found that to be spot-on. He was cool, fun, no-nonsense, outspoken, and friendly.
Tony seemed to be on top of the world, so his apparent suicide was a complete and utter shock. His work was worshipped by every professional traveler I know including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who paid a great tribute to him this week. It’s worth the 12 minutes to get a taste of the kind of guy Anthony was on and off camera.