As Philly Mourns Anthony Bourdain, See Where He Ate Here

The celebrity chef and TV host died Friday. In his food travels, he visited the Philadelphia area. Here's what he loved to eat in the city.

By Max Bennett, Patch Staff | | Updated Jun 8, 2018, 12:33 pm Anthony Bourdain

, celebrity chef and the star of CNN's "Parts Unknown," has died from an apparent suicide in France, the network confirmed this morning. The 61-year-old personality visited countless countries, states, and cities, trying the best food those areas have to offer. And Philadelphia was no exception.

Bourdain visited the city in 2012 during the second season of the short-lived Travel Channel show "The Layover," and in 2015 for CNN's "Parts Unknown."

During his visit, Bourdain stopped by many Philly dining staples, including DiBruno Brothers, Paesano's, Stateside, Amis, Zahav, and more.

Bourdain lauded South Philly's John's Roast Pork – often cited as one of the best cheesesteak slingers in the city by true locals – but for its roast pork.

When it comes to cheesesteaks, Bourdain said on "Parts Unknown" that the best steak likely isn't even in the city.

It was Donkey's, across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey, that serves up the area's best steak, Bourdain said.

Bourdain's friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unconscious in his hotel room in France — where the pair were working on an upcoming episode — on Friday morning, CNN reported.

CNN announced the chef's death on Friday morning. The network described Bourdain, whose show took him and his viewers into exotic kitchens across the world, as a man who loved "great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world."

"His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much," the network said.

Philadelphia chefs and food critics were saddened and shocked by the news.

"No words," Philadelphia restauranteur Marc Vetri said of Bourdain's death said on Twitter. "Such sadness."

Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan called Bourdain's death a "gigantic loss."

marcvetri@marcvetri

No words....such sadness https://twitter.com/tylerflorence/status/1005048122332987393 

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Craig LaBan@CraigLaBan

Shocking and heartbreaking news that Anthony Bourdain is dead by suicide. Gigantic loss of a one-of-kind talent who blazed a new path for chefs, food and millions of fans who learned about the world’s cultures through what he ate on TV. https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/1005047895358365696 

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