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Anthony Bourdain Is a Jiu-Jitsu Champion

The chef came in first place in his division at the IBJJF Spring International Open Championship in New York

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Globetrotting celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain is now a jiu-jitsu champion. Bourdain took home the gold in his division during Saturday's New York Spring International Open Championship. According to the Jiu-Jitsu Times, the Parts Unknown host took first place in the Blue Belt Masters 5 Middleweight Division for Team Renzo Gracie, competing against Alexey Iskhakov of the Mike Moses Competition Team.

Bourdain advanced to the finals after an earlier competitor failed to appear for the match. "I admit, I'm pretty happy about this," the chef tweeted, following the win. Bourdain's wife Ottavia also tweeted out her support, sharing a photo of her husband with his metal.

First competition turned out okay!

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Ottavia Bourdain is an accomplished jiu-jitsu practitioner who's credited with getting Bourdain interested in martial arts, although he initially avoided the sport. Today, the chef is an enthusiastic ambassador of jiu-jitsu. In the sixth season of Parts Unknown, the chef trained at the Ralph Gracie Academy in San Francisco and even took renowned fighter Kurt Osiander out for dinner at Coi.

Watch the chef get "beaten like a chicken fried steak" at the Bay Area academy below: