Anthony Bourdain will be remembered with scholarship at Culinary Institute

Roth Hall at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park photo by Will Dendis. Inset photo of Anthony Bourdain from Wikimedia Commons)

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park will memorialize one of its most famous graduates with a scholarship that enable students to study abroad and incorporate international cuisine and cultural experiences into their education.

The institute today announced the Anthony Bourdain ’78 Legacy Scholarship, honoring the chef, writer and television host who died last year.


Here’s the full announcement:

Anthony Bourdain ’78, chef and writer, traveled the world with humility, humanity, curiosity, humor, and with a rare vision for storytelling that turned his memoirs into bestselling classics and his television shows into acclaimed and beloved series, watched by millions, and consistently honored by his industry.

Through food, with food, or simply over a shared meal, his shows often centered around the cuisine of each place he visited, and seemed to always present an essential point for his viewers: the particularities and ingredients of any one culture always existed side by side with a global human recipe for good food, and good company. He often helped to furnish both.

Now, with your support, the CIA is establishing the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship to assist students to undertake journeys of their own, and to take advantage of international exposure programs as a part of their education at the Institute. The career of Chef Bourdain is a testament to the great power that travel can have in a culinary education—and in a full life.

After beginning his culinary career as a dishwasher in Provincetown, Chef Bourdain enrolled at the CIA and graduated in 1978. He then spent more than twenty years working at top New York City restaurants including the Rainbow Room and the Supper Club, until he eventually became Executive Chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

It was during this period that he published an article in the New Yorker that led to his bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential. Ultimately, his career in the literary world included novels, cookbooks, memoirs, essays, and his own publishing imprint, where he supported and elevated writers from around the world.

Through his written word and his work in television, Chef Bourdain gained a global following, and a universal reputation for authenticity and incisiveness—as well as respect and kindness. In the words of CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan, Chef Bourdain became “Possibly the most recognizable food personality on the planet.”

Throughout his career, Chef Bourdain often returned to the CIA to speak with students about food and world cultures, his career, and the kitchen. He also filmed several episodes of both No Reservations and A Cook’s Tour at the Hyde Park campus, and, in 2017, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in Culinary Arts from the college.

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