Well everybody is going to jump on me again for expressing a contrary opinion, but here goes.
Bourdain has looked like death warmed over for the last couple of years on his TV shows, which themselves have become extremely repetitive.
He was also a former heroin addict, a questionably reformed chain smoker, and probably an alcoholic.
He was a so so chef. Les Halles. the resto he used to cook at, went broke in 2017. But he hadn’t burnt a steak there in years.
He was, however, an extremely gifted writer. Kitchen Confidential was a great book.
Unfortunately he got side tracked into television, which with a show like his involves a lot of pressure to keep things going.
As a result his show devolved into celebs drinking, and sometimes eating, with Anthony. He jumped the shark with Obama in the Vietnamese noodle house. In the end, I found his shows tedious and repetitive.
He had a failed marriage in 2016 with a $ 4.5 million NYC apartment in the balance.
If you read between the lines there, it’s not the 250 days on the road, it’s what (or who) he was doing on the road that broke things up.
And he had a huge business venture, Bourdain Market at Pier 57, that failed in December.
Finally he gave an interview in Vogue in 2016 where he said we should all go hang ourselves in the shower if Bourdain Market failed, which is pretty much what he did.
Bouncing around all those time zones is also extremely unhealthy.
So it looks like the dude had serious problems and had been self medicating for years.
What surprises me is that his life style did not catch up with him sooner.