After the third year anniversary of the death of Chef Anthony Bourdain, known to most as the author and world traveler on the food network, travel channel and lastly CNN. He was much more than that. I never got the chance to sit and speak with the man, the myth, the legend that is Anthony Bourdain, however I did get to meet his successor at Les Halles, Chef Carlos Llaguno Garcia. Another great chef that we shall miss as Chef Carlos has passed away in 2015 from cancer at the age of 38. I met Chef Carlos while working in NYC for Philippe Lajaunie the owner of Les Halles for a separate business venture. He was amazing to talk to, funny and a great chef. Lunch was good a few times.
Brassiere Les Halles reopened its doors this past weekend serving dinner Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Spots were by reservation only and from what I was told, there was a 3000 person waiting list. Yes you read that correctly, 3000. Three Thousand. Many many many people were hoping for many cancellations. Proceeds of the event went to pay for the actual space as the restaurant has been closed for four (4) years as well as a donation to organizations for suicide prevention. The documentary about Anthony Bourdain comes out in theaters on July 16, 2021.
It has been a few years since I worked in that part of NYC as well as eating at the famed establishment. Never the less the ambience was the same, the food was reminiscent of years past and the joy was ever lifting. The best part was I had my two sons with me to enjoy the experience. It was a once in a lifetime experience for them to eat at the infamous Les Halles, but is the ultimate memory for me to share that with them.
Chef Anthony Bourdain wasn't just a good cook. He was a story teller. A life liver. An educator. And a world traveler.
I learned to enjoy foods by watching his shows. I learned to stay out of the food business by reading his books. I thank him for that. My family thanks him. I was able to share an amazing experience with my children simply because of the man we know as Chef Anthony Bourdain. Thank you Chef.
It is all worth it!
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