A pair of celebrity chefs have gone on social media to cement Anthony Bourdain’s legacy into history by making June 25 #BourdainDay.
Bourdain would have turned 63 on Tuesday. In a short Instagram video, his fellow chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés commemorated Bourdain by wishing him a happy birthday.
They are calling on their followers to celebrate his legacy by using the hashtag #BourdainDay.
“We hope that everybody is going to be celebrating in every place around the world, and they’re going to be putting the video up,” said Andrés, raising his beer mug in celebration.
“Yes, with the hashtag #BourdainDay,” Ripert said, before the group toasted their drinks around plates of food.
Following the post, thousands of tributes poured in through social media, utilizing the hashtag to share the impact that Bourdain had on their lives.
One person quoted Bourdain in their post, saying, “Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
Bourdain’s CNN colleague Christiane Amanpour tweeted that she wanted to remember “the grand adventures he took us on.”
Journalist David Simon wrote that he is participating in the tribute, but the death of his friend is “still so raw.”
Others have used this day to shed awareness on mental health and suicide.
Comic book artist Matthew Dow Smith tweeted a thread on his own experience with depression and how Bourdain’s show helped him to feel “more grounded.”
“Ironically, what I often used to do when I was feeling really down, really disconnected from the world, I would blow off work for a day and sit watching Anthony Bourdain’s NO RESERVATIONS for hours. Something about it made me feel more grounded, more in control…” tweeted Smith.
Ripert and Andrés announced last week they were also cementing Bourdain’s legacy with the creation of the Anthony Bourdain ’78 Legacy Scholarship, granted by Bourdain’s alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America.
The scholarship will be used to “assist students to undertake journeys of their own, and to take advantage of international exposure programs as a part of their education at the Institute.”
“The career of Chef Bourdain is a testament to the great power that travel can have in a culinary education — and in a full life,” the school wrote about the award.