A never-before-aired, recently rediscovered interview with Anthony Bourdain**, whom we lost a year ago this week. On April 29, 2014, Tony was kind and generous enough to sit down over lunch with Andrew for a two-part conversation, covering everything from his early days as a cook to his transition to a writer and television icon, to coping with fame, meeting his idols, how the industry has changed over the years, and speaking his mind. Originally recorded for print use in a busy restaurant, the audio quality isn’t world class (though we’ve doctored it to the best of our abilities), here’s a rare chance to hear approximately 90 “new” minutes with one of the most influential and transformative figures the industry has ever known, in a very casual, relaxed dialogue. Hope it help listeners remember a peak career moment in his life. Special thanks to Julia Sexton–a cook-turned-writer/editor who was inspired by Bourdain (as we all were)–for joining Andrew for the introduction. Cook free or die!
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** This episode originally aired on our former host network; Andrew Talks to Chefs is an independent podcast and this site is its official home and the best source for current postings and show archives.