TikTok Is Entranced By Anthony Bourdain's Great Poetic Moment

Many people have fond memories of Anthony Bourdain. He was a talented chef, journalist, TV host, and author. When news of his death made airwaves and papers in June 2018, many were shocked and saddened, as if they had lost a friend even though most had never met him. It was Bourdain's friendly, down-to-earth personality that brought people in to his TV shows as he traveled the globe, dining with locals in places like Vietnam or Hungary. He brought awareness to the plight of humanitarian efforts everywhere he went (via Men's Journal), opening our eyes up to the wonders and horrors of the world.

Bourdain's first show on Food Network was "A Cook's Tour" back in 2002. He went on to produce and host many other food and travel related shows including, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." Despite the chef's death over four years ago, he continues to touch our lives via his various forms of media. In a recent TikTok post, one user shared what they believed to be Bourdain at "his poetic best."

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Anthony Bourdain: Still an inspiration

A recent TikTok post features a clip from Season 11, Episode 7 of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" titled, "Cajun Mardi Gras." In the clip, Bourdain is traveling through Louisiana on Ash Wednesday. A woman places a cross of ash on his forehead and he says to the audience, "Right, I got right with God. Let's eat." He travels to the small town of Kaplan, Louisiana and stops at Suire's Restaurant. After eating a variety of Cajun foods and continuing his journey, he concludes the episode with, "On balance, my Cajun Mardi Gras experience was certainly memorable, if nothing else. And through the parting clouds of cruel winter, there is light, and hope, and the onset of spring."

The clip received over 17,000 likes and hundreds of comments. "How can I miss someone so much that I never met. We didn't deserve him," said one TikTok user. Another said, "This man showed the world the realness of people from all over, in the end we're all the same. No one did it better than Bourdain." It's clear from the responses that the late chef continues to inspire.