Anthony Bourdain remembered as Tom Vitale discusses his memoir about the late chef

Tom Vitale remembers the first time he saw Anthony Bourdain. It was 2002, and Vitale, fresh out of college, had landed a job at the Food Network logging the raw footage for Bourdain’s first TV series, “A Cook’s Tour.”

Bourdain was still largely unknown outside of culinary circles, but Vitale says he knew in an instant that the chef-turned-writer-turned-TV host was someone he wanted to get closer to.

“I have this vivid memory of when I started off on ‘A Cook’s Tour,’” he says. “I had no idea who he was, and the first five minutes I was just hooked.”

Tom Vitale, standing on chair, behind Anthony Bourdain, seated, at the end of a scene in Seoul, South Korea for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” in 2014. Vitale’s book about working with Bourdain for 16 years, “In The Weeds,” arrives on Oct. 5, 2021. (Photo by Helen Cho)

“In The Weeds” is Tom Vitale’s memoir of working with the chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain on his TV series for 16 years. It’s book filled with behind-the-scenes moments on the often chaotic shoots in far-flung corners of the world. It’s also Vitale’s quest to come to terms with Bourdain’s suicide on June 8, 2018 while on location in France. (Image courtesy of Hachette Books)

Tom Vitale rests on an SUV while directing an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series “Parts Unknown” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013. (Photo by Erik “Moose” Osterholm)

Anthony Bourdain leans on a motorbike during a shoot on the Mekong River in Laos for an episode of “Parts Unknown” directed by Todd Vitale in 2016. (Photo by Tom Vitale)

Tom Vitale on the night train to Bagan, Burma while serving as director of an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series “Parts Unknown” in 2012. (Photo by Josh Ferrell)

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Tom Vitale, left, celebrates with Anthony Bourdain both Vitale’s birthday and the wrap of shooting of an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2017. (Photo by Jeff Allen)

Anthony Bourdain and director Tom Vitale get ready to attend the Emmys in 2017. (Photo by Jeff Allen)

“In The Weeds” is Tom Vitale’s memoir of working with the chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain on his TV series for 16 years. It’s book filled with behind-the-scenes moments on the often chaotic shoots in far-flung corners of the world. It’s also Vitale’s quest to come to terms with Bourdain’s suicide on June 8, 2018 while on location in France. (Image courtesy of Hachette Books; photo by Jeff Allen)

Tom Vitale poses with the Emmy he won in 2013 for his work as director on Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series “Parts Unknown.” (Photo by Joe Caterini)

Anthony Bourdain shares a glass of amaro with director Tom Vitale after the end of a shoot for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” on the Amalfi Coast of Italy in 2011. (Photo by Frank Vitale)

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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