Travelling TV personality and renowned Chef, Anthony Bourdain, brought joy to millions over the years, taking gastronomes on journeys of food discoveries to faraway places and inspiring many to follow in his footsteps of cookery and travel. Sadly, on 8th June 2018, while filming in France for his TV show Parts Unknown with friend and Michelin Star Chef Eric Ripert, Tony passed away. The coroner’s inquest concluded suicide. Anthony had taken his own life.
In 2019, American Chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andreas proposed a worldwide call to action: to commemorate Anthony’s birthday and to celebrate his life annually on 25th June, which would become #BourdainDay
Chef Peter Lloyd, owner of restaurant Sticky Mango, is one of many who were inspired by Anthony’s journeys, and in honour of the great chef, Peter commissioned a stunning mural, which was created by street artist Jerome Davenport and is displayed on the front of Peter’s south London restaurant. From one Chef to another, this awesome work of art is Peter’s way of paying his respects for all the great memories the two shared on screen, through the pages of Kitchen Confidential, together on a chef tour and again at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore and Manila.
To celebrate #BourdainDay 2021, Peter and his Sticky Mango team have designed a sharing menu to re-create some of the magical discoveries and meals that Anthony brought to TV screens and a menu I was lucky enough to sample. Peter has partnered with The Burnt Chef Project to donate £5 from every menu sold to raise valuable funds for this worthwhile cause, supporting chefs and raising awareness of the ever-increasing challenges on mental health within this industry. The special menu, priced at £49.50 pp will run for one week from Monday 21st until Sunday 27th June.