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Anthony Bourdain Scholarship Created to Help Culinary Students Study Abroad

Eric Ripert and Jose Andrés worked with the Culinary Institute of America on this tribute to the Parts Unknown star

Anthony Bourdain at the New Yorker Festival in 2017
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One year after Anthony Bourdain’s death, the culinary school where the chef/author/TV host learned to cook is introducing a travel-based scholarship in his memory. The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship will provide grant money to one or more Culinary Institute of America students per year to study abroad. Bourdain was a student at the school’s Hyde Park, New York campus back in 1978, and he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in Culinary Arts from the CIA two years ago.

“Anthony Bourdain opened the world of food and different cultures to all through his brilliant storytelling,” CIA president Tim Ryan says in an announcement about the scholarship. “He often came to campus to speak with students about food and world cultures, his career, and the importance of authenticity in being a chef. It is therefore fitting that his memory is being honored at the CIA through a scholarship for students interested in experiencing cuisines and cultures around the globe.” The Culinary Institute of America is also planning a “permanent memorial” to Bourdain at the campus in Hyde Park sometime later this year.

Bourdain’s friends, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andrés, helped bring this scholarship to fruition. “We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad,” the chefs say in a statement. “We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did — through cuisines and cultures everywhere.” Ripert and Andrés are also encouraging Bourdain fans to participate in a tribute on June 25 — the Kitchen Confidential author’s birthday — by sharing remembrances on social media using the hashtag #bourdainday.

The Culinary Institute of America is now accepting donations for the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship on its homepage.