Anthony Bourdain’s Journey To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt
Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.
Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Les Halles in New York. He is widely known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. [Source]
Most of us learned of Anthony’s starting BJJ when we watched “This week in BJJ Episode 45 Part 1 of 2 with AJ Agazarm, Ottavia Bourdain and Roberto Cyborg” which features his wife and BJJ practitioner, Ottavia Bourdain.
A little bit about Ottavia – Ottavia was born and raised in Lombardy, Italy; she moved to NYC in 2000 and started working in the restaurant business. She’s held various positions in restaurants like Sette Moma, Café des Artistes, Le Bernardin, Orsay, Serafina, Geisha. She’s now the proud mother of a 4-year-old daughter, she travels with her husband and she’s an avid practitioner of Mixed Martial Arts. [Source]
The video above was published on Nov 2, 2013. Anyone who thinks that Mr. Bourdain “bought” his belt or feels that he only received it because of his celebrity, please take note.
On December 3, 2014 we reported on Anthony Bourdain saying he was hooked on Jiu Jitsu.
In the video below Anthony talks with Opie and Anthony about his love for Jiu Jitsu (It is a long video but the conversation starts with Jiu Jitsu.).
Every time Anthony has gotten a stripe we were there to let you know.
Anthony Bourdain trains BJJ under Igor Gracie (Team Renzo Gracie).
We can’t give enough props to Anthony Bourdain. He is truly a man’s man. If you don’t know of him, look him up, we think you will agree.