“What is your favorite place to eat in Chicago?”
A simple question asked on Reddit in 2016 revealed celebrity chef and world-traveling CNN host Anthony Bourdain's go-to spots in the Windy City.
“I love Girl and Goat, I love Avec, I really like that restaurant,” Bourdain said. “Who is it, Johnnie’s Beef? Good stuff. Any Chicago hot dog is the finest in the land, love that product.”
But the jet-setting author of “Kitchen Confidential” seemed to be a true devotee to the culinary cult of local chef Stephanie Izard.
“I dunno, Girl and the Goat I really love," Bourdain said.
Bourdain died Friday at 61, CNN said Friday, describing the cause of death as suicide.
Bourdain's friend, New York chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was filming his show "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," according to CNN.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
Bourdain's 2000 book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," an unvarnished look behind the scenes of the New York restaurant world, brought him international fame, which turned into a long TV career.