If you've ever worked in a restaurant — or even stepped foot in one — you should be familiar with the name Anthony Bourdain.
Bourdain was equal parts chef, writer and TV personality. His creations in all artistic fields truly touched the hearts — and stomachs — of foodies around the globe.
His shocking death in June of last year shook the industry to its core. While it would be easy to be mournful and focus on the darkness, his colleagues have called on friends and fans to instead celebrate; it seems that's what Bourdain would have wanted.
Back in May, chefs Eric Ripert and José Andres posted a video dubbing June 25 "Bourdain Day." Tuesday would have been the chef's 63rd birthday.
The hashtag took off and celebrities and regular folks alike went on social media to pay homage.
Events were held across the country in honor of the beloved chef. In Buffalo, NY, roughly 30 chefs and restaurateurs gathered to eat and raise money for suicide prevention. And down in Atlanta, one restaurant owner is donating part of Tuesday's sales to an Atlanta crisis center.
Bourdain became famous after he published his essay "Don't Eat Before Reading This," revealing the seedy depths of the restaurant industry in the New Yorker. The essay expanded into what became his first book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." The best-seller is part biography, part exposé and provides a profane and raw account of Bourdain's journey through New York kitchens.
Bourdain's distinct, honest voice took him next to various opportunities in television. From "A Cook's Tour," "No Reservations," "The Layover," and later on to CNN's "Parts Unknown," he brought those of us at home to the forefront of culinary and cultural excellence. He traveled to some of the most unique places around the world and always seemed find a friend to share a meal with.
Although his culinary background is prestigious, Bourdain was no snob. He knew that sometimes the best food could be found from a vendor on the street and always paired with a cold beer.
His expertise is what piqued our interest, but it was his honest and humble demeanor that made the world fall in love.
You can celebrate his life on Tuesday by sharing good food and conversation with some friends — or perhaps a stranger. Share your memories online by using the hashtag #BourdainDay.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.