Several weeks ago, two of Anthony Bourdain's closest friends, chefs José Andrés and Eric Ripert, both of whom immigrated to the United States as adults and went on to become icons in the culinary world, decided to proclaim Tuesday as Bourdain Day, asking friends, fans and others influenced by Bourdain to mark the occasion by raising a glass and sharing it online. “He was the voice of the voiceless, and we miss him in moments that immigrants in the USA and refugees in the world are under attack,” Andrés told Jason Rezaian via text message from Singapore, where he and Ripert celebrated Bourdain Day by eating chili crabs and drinking beer at a street food stall.
Jason's first encounter with Bourdain was at a mountaintop restaurant in Tehran. "I was embarrassed by the lackluster performance the kitchen turned out that day. I had told the kitchen staff before Bourdain and the crew arrived that they were about to serve the most influential person in the history of food journalism," he writes. "Bourdain was unfazed, though, by the mediocre kebabs. 'It’s not always about the food,' he told me, and he meant it."
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