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June 8th marked the five year anniversary of Anthony Bourdain's untimely death. The late, great chef-slash-TV personality—who was often touted as the "original rock star" of the culinary world—passed away by suicide in 2018.
His legacy has lived on in many forms, but none like that of his daughter, Ariane, who was just 11 when Bourdain died. But what has the now 16-year-old been up to in the years since? Where is she now? Let's investigate.
Where is Ariane Bourdain now?
Ariane has remained almost entirely out of the spotlight since her father's death. Her mother and Bourdain's second wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, has seemingly shielded the teenager from any media fascination. Ariane has rarely appeared in public or commented on her father (more on that in a minute), while seemingly steering clear of social media altogether—she has no confirmed accounts.
Even Busia-Bourdain herself has remained tight-lipped on her daughter. Her Instagram account remains locked to the public and her Twitter is pretty scarce with the exception of a few tweets—one in which she defends her late ex.
"I certainly was NOT the one who said Tony would have been cool with that," she tweeted in July 2021, in response to claims his "widow" approved the AI replica of his voice in the documentary, "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain."
Has Ariane talked about her dad in the media?
While we haven't gotten so much as an Instagram story of Bourdain's daughter in the years since his passing (except for a *very* cute snap back in 2018 Ottavia shared of Ariane performing on stage), she did contribute to his final book—which was written by his longtime assistant in 2021.
"He would always try and show me the world around me by [helping] me experience new foods and new things," Ariane is quoted in the book, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography. "I want people to remember my dad as a person who would just open people up to a world outside of their apartments."
Ariane reminisced about father-daughter outings with her dad—specifically their trips to the iconic NYC haunt, Papaya King, in their Upper East Side neighborhood. Other nights, they'd stay in and cook, sometimes watching the Disney Pixar flick Ratatouille while recreating the dish themselves. Other times, Bourdain would set up "little stations" for the pair to cook schnitzel.
"He'd cook omelets for me all the time, and I'd help him flip it. He would let me sprinkle chocolate chips or blueberries into pancakes, and then he'd let me flip the pancake a little," she said. "When we were in the Hamptons, he'd cook dinner, cook breakfast, so that's when he really cooked for me."
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