Bourdain was best known for his travel shows, where he told the stories of people and cultures from around the world through the food they ate. Since premiering in 2013, the program has won five Emmy awards, and a Peabody.
Bourdain and Ripert had also eaten breakfast together each morning, again at the Winstub's big, distressed-wood tables.
"Cannabis, methaqualone, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we'd send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get", he wrote, referring to his time cooking in a New York City restaurant in the 1980s.
"He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous".
Who else could make a whole show called The Layover that documented his indulgent attempts to find the best food, spirits and R&R in between traveling from one new country to another.
He continued: "I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart".
"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did", she wrote. "I am beyond devastated". My thoughts are with his family.
Whenever anyone would ask me what my dream job would be, my answer was to do what you have been doing all these years since leaving your executive chef role at Les Halles.
Barack Obama has paid a heartfelt tribute to Anthony Bourdain on Twitter. They sat on plastic stools in a family-run restaurant, eating bun cha, a dish special to Hanoi. "And yet he was always kind of - to me, it always seemed like - even though he was very confident or seemed very confident, he was always I think - he was always - just winking at it all". "When I saw it, I realised that here's a man who speaks his mind", he says. "He was quite a character". "Except for the karaoke scene where we all got pretty drunk on lao khao and hung out drinking after it wrapped", he said of the enigmatic host and chef. "And once you were drawn in, it was about the experience, it was about the connection, it was about his interaction - his interactions with people". I pray for you all. He also was committed to the immigrant workers in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry.
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Another Weinstein accuser and #metoo activist Rose McGowan also tweeted a distraught message following Bourdain's death.
Chef Wan said he was blessed at having the opportunity to have met Bourdain and thanked him for sharing his culinary talent with the world.
And Gordon Ramsay said: "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain". His death is a reminder that, no matter their public persona or life accomplishments, everyone struggles with their own demons and regrets. But it was Bourdain's writing that first cemented his place as a storyteller. The book expanded on a 1999 New Yorker article that he had sent to The New Yorker about the underbelly of the restaurant world and its deceptions.
A signed copy of "Kitchen Confidential" sold for $499, and one of "Appetites" went for $490.
Bourdain was never too far from controversies. He told me that the greatest Brazilian chefs came from Minas Gerais, my home state. You visited the mothers of the cooks who worked for you and marvelled at how their traditional ways of cooking inspired their sons to develop a love for food.
In 2016, Bourdain spoke with CBS News' Anthony Mason.
Hotel staff told the New York Times that Ripert tried to reach Bourdain on his cell phone, and that a receptionist then went to Bourdain's room, where he was found. Weeks later, the couple was arrested.
Bourdain's last Instagram post is a photo of the meal, which he described as a "light lunch". "They are nobody's enemy".
Master butcher Christine Speisser told People magazine that the crew had set up to film at an outdoor market in nearby Strasbourg.