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Every Time Anthony Bourdain Made 2016 Better

A new cookbook, jiu-jitsu, dining with Obama, and more

'Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Japan with Masa' Screening Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner

By many accounts 2016 was a pretty dismal year. But Anthony Bourdain, the world’s favorite roving raconteur and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, gave us a few reasons to gaze upon the last 12 months with a slice of fondness. Here’s a look back at every time Anthony Bourdain made 2016 better.

He revealed his five biggest fears.

He made Anderson Cooper cry (sort-of).

He interviewed President Obama on Parts Unknown and praised the president’s awesome chopstick skills.

During his live tour, he took down a heckler like a pro.

He revealed his go-to hangover cure.

He announced a new documentary that will tackle the subject of food waste.

He promised to never, ever dine with Donald Trump.

He admitted to having Instagram FOMO.

He promised to never, ever dine at Donald Trump’s new D.C. hotel.

• He’s planning “a very substantial, nonfiction project in Detroit.”

He released a cookbook, Appetites, co-written with his longtime colleague Laurie Woolever.

He won the Blue Belt Masters 5 Middleweight Division for his team in a jiu-jitsu competition.

He appeared in a sketch on Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, in which he becomes trapped under a taxi, priming the sketch for the punch line: “Looks like he's going to lose a few body parts... unknown.”

He is still working on that massive $60 million food hall in New York City.

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