FILE - This Dec. 19, 2001 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain, the owner and chef of Les Halles restaurant, sitting at one of the tables in New York. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper,File)

Bourdain's death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

June 09, 2018 - 12:44 pm

As passionate as Anthony Bourdain was about the restaurant industry, he also was committed to the immigrant workers who help drive it.

The celebrity chef and TV host was a fierce champion to many of the overlooked minorities toiling in restaurant kitchens. He often spoke out over what he called the United States' "hypocritical attitudes" toward immigration and disputed claims Mexicans take jobs from Americans.

Bourdain also was a critic of President Donald Trump's plans to deport immigrants in the U.S. illegally and build a wall along the Mexican border. Trump has said the wall is needed to keep immigrants and drugs out.

Minority chefs say Bourdain supported the Latino community and helped promote their home countries to the world.

Bourdain died Friday in France in an apparent suicide.

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