The Culinary Institute of America honors Anthony Bourdain with scholarship program

Kimberly Dole
June 19, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Culinary Institute of America is creating a scholarship in memory of chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain, a year after his death.

The scholarship was announced on Wednesday and will award one or more students to pursue study abroad each year.

“Travel was such a part of who he was; it was life-changing for him,” said L. Timothy Ryan, the president of the school, based in Hyde Park, N.Y., where Mr. Bourdain graduated in 1978 and received an honorary doctorate in 2017.

Bourdain was found dead last June in a hotel bathroom in Kaysersberg, France, where officials determined that he had hanged himself.

As the anniversary of his death was approaching, Eric Ripert, one of his closest friends and chef and an owner of Le Bernardin, said people approached him about ways to commemorate Mr. Bourdain.

“I thought it should be a celebration of Anthony Bourdain,” Mr. Ripert told The New York Times. “It would be better to celebrate him on his birthday, June 25, not the day he died, with something meaningful to recognize him.”

Ripert and Ryan came up with a collaborative effort to raise funds for a scholarship, the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship.

It is too soon to know the exact monetary amount of the award because fund-raising started with a notice on the school’s website and the Wednesday announcement.

“That’s the best way to celebrate him,” Ripert said.

Donations can be made to the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship on the school’s website, by calling 845-451-1465, or by mailing them to the Culinary Institute of America, Office of Advancement, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, N.Y. 12538.

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