Anthony Bourdain Remembered

Community Honors Chef's Life

Matt Moran
June 25, 2018 - 7:26 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - When world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain died. Jill Gedra and Kate Elliott, two local chefs, said they wanted to put together an event that would celebrate the life of man they looked up to.

Just over two weeks later it manifested into a massive celebration on what would have been Bourdain's 62nd birthday at Kleinhans Music Hall. Elliot says that this event best describes what Bourdain meant to them. 

"If Tony taught us anything is that breaking bread is a communal experience, and this has been a tremendous communal experience," Elliot said.

The event had over 20 restaurants bring food and drinks. A silent auction of local art was put together as the event recognizes how Bourdain left them. Suicide. It has impacted Gedra's life multiple times. 

"It's just coming out to support a wonderful cause," Gedra said. "It's something that needs to be said. We need more people to talk about this."

Elliott says for anyone that came out, they know they are not alone.

"We have to make sure it doesn't get us and that for the people around us they know they can call us and we will help," Elliott said.

After the success of this event, Gedra and Elliott plan to continue the tradition every year on Bourdain's birthday. They feel like they could put something more spectacular in the future.

"If we can put this together in less than two weeks," Gedra said.

"Imagine what we can do in a year," Elliott said.


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