Tracking the Roadrunner: Who is Anthony Bourdain?

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an American documentary film on the life and career of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The much-awaited film has been directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville. The documentary premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on June 11 this year.

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A still from Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

His Life & Career

Bourdain was a “chef at large” who began his culinary career at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He had a deep love for exploration which took him to many countries and got him acquainted with many cultures and their foods. Bourdain was not one to hold back and was known to try the most eccentric foods around the world. He was an explorer by nature and a vocal critic of the vegan lifestyle. In 2000 he published his first book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Following this, with multiple more books and memoirs, Anthony made his presence known on the global radar. Today, he is known as an avid traveler and media star as well. Combining his passions, he launched his first travel and food show “A Cook’s Tour” in 2002. He later went on to launch many more series such as “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown”. He also made a five-time guest appearance on Bravo‘s Top Chef reality cooking program.

In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Director Morgan Neville said, ‘I can’t think of anybody else who’s ever shown more of the world to the rest of the world on television than Bourdain.’

Going Behind the Scenes

Through a series of interviews and behind the scene shots, Neville has showcased Bourdain’s strong zest for life, his impact on the food industry, and his work in the media. But Roadrunner dives not only into the public persona of this dynamic chef but also touches the controversial sparks in his life. Anthony Bourdain died by suicide on June 8, 2018. He was 61 years old. The documentary explores questions around the possible triggers and causes of his death, however, cleverly avoids ascertaining any answers.

Bourdain was a major supporter of the #MeToo movement. But later the light turned dim when his girlfriend Asia Argento was accused of being a predator herself. Bourdain’s views in the scandalous controversy have been much sought after since then. The allegations made celebrity gossip headlines and brought in undue media attention and wreaked havoc in the celebrities’ lives. This was the final tipping point in Bourdain’s personal life which was purportedly affected by his relentless quest for exploration. 

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Anthony Bourdain with Asia Argento

The documentary is making top on many watch-lists of new movies with critic ratings soaring high. It explores what it was like being a bad boy of the culinary world and a passionate traveler at the same time. For the foodies and gossip lovers, an insider view of an international chef’s life is a no-brainer!

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