Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Bourdain is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens. Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Brasserie Les Halles in New York, where he was executive chef for many years. He is described by Les Halles as their "chef-at-large".
Anthony Bourdain "Parts Unknown" Isreal, in Jerusalem visits
"I was raised without religion. One side of the family long ago was catholic I think, the other side jewish. I've never been in a synagogue. I don't believe in a higher power. But that doesn't make me any less jewish, I don't think. These guys sandbagging me at the wailing wall... they don't seem to think so either." Anthony gets asked by a rabbinical figure if he's jewish. Anthony said "only half." The man then says that's ok, and he tells Anthony to repeat some words which Anthony does. He then tells Anthony Bourdain that he's now Bar Mitzvah'd. Anthony then says to the camera "I never felt so much like I'm masquerading as something I'm not. I'm instinctively hostile to any kind of devotion. Certainty is my enemy. I'm all about doubt, questioning oneself and the nature of reality constantly. When they grabbed hold of me and in a totally non-judgemental way, you know God's happy to have you, ahh man my treachery is complete."