The culinary world is a fast-paced, high-octane world with no pity and no room for error – this has led to an environment that fosters drug addiction, to the detriment of the struggling chefs. Anthony Bourdain struggled with a past drug addiction, and watched as his friends fell one by one. The struggle can be intense for those in the business, and in the end, Bourdain recently committed suicide at the age of 61. His depression caught up with him, but his story still gave great insight to the devastation caused by the stress of the professional cooking world. The stress combines with the isolation of the job, and creates a world where the ones cooking are eaten alive.

The news of Anthony Bourdain‘s apparent suicide has rocked the entertainment and culinary worlds. The chef-turned-TV host was found dead in his hotel room in France where he was filming his hit CNN show, Parts Unknown. He was 61 and leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter.

While circumstances around his passing are unclear, an untimely death is something the acclaimed author had discussed throughout the years, given his openness about substance abuse and his struggle to get clean nearly three decades ago.

“Drugs and addiction are two different things,” he reflected to Biography.com in 2016. “All I can tell you is this: I got off of heroin in the 1980s. Friends of mine from the ’70s and ’80s, they just got off five, six, maybe 10 years ago. And we’re the lucky ones. We made it out alive. There are a lot of guys that didn’t get that far. But you know, I also don’t have that many regrets either.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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