© Anthony Behar

Local reaction to the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

Listen to WCCO's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl talk about her friend of 20 years

June 08, 2018 - 7:07 am

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl met Anthony Bourdain two decades ago.  "He came to the Twin Cities all the time," said Grumdahl of WCCO's Off the Menu, appearing on The Morning News with Dave Lee. "I remember celebrating with him when he got his CNN show. It was so amazing that someone like him would get this national platform."

When the American celebrity chef was found dead in his hotel room in France, Grumdahl was devesatated.  "I'm kind of in that place where I can't belive it, I know it's true," she said, her voice cracking with emotion. "He was such a gift, such a great man."

Bourdain was in France working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61.  CNN confirmed the death, saying in a statement he was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert, and calling it a suicide.

Dara added, "He was just the most curious, and open, and interested person.  He inspired hundreds, thousands of people to get into the kitchen.  He was the kind of person who looked for meaning in life."

Minnesota chef Andrew Zimmern called Bourdain "A true friend," adding on a Tweet that he's heartbroken with the news of his death.

Twin Cities-based rapper and singer Dessa added her condolences:

WCCO radio's Adam Carter:

CNN said Bourdain was in Strasbourg filming an upcoming segment in his series "Parts Unknown."

The CNN statement said: "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."

Strasbourg police and emergency services did not immediately have information about the death.