There are very few people in this world who could light up a room the way Anthony Bourdain did. Few people in fact, who could have a meal with former president Barack Obama and make the 'noodle slurp' seem like an inside joke you desperately want to be a part of. But that is exactly what Bourdain did – he invited you into a world that previously felt out of reach or otherworldly. Through experiences, food and travel, he became a master of storytelling. Now, almost three years on from his passing, we're about to have his story told back to us; through the upcoming documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Morgan Neville, the documentary will be a celebration of Bourdain's life; incorporating a series of interviews and intimate footage from the Bourdain archives to piece together his journey. Part of this involves looking back on Bourdain's beginnings as a chef, most notably, during his time at the Manhattan restaurant Brasserie Les Halles. For those unfamiliar with the now nomadic chef's rise to fame, it was actually Bourdain's remarkable way with words that saw him make his mark; releasing his bestseller Kitchen Confidential in 2000.
Watch the trailer for the documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, below.
It wasn't long before Bourdain was catapulted out of the kitchen and placed in front of a camera; first with the Food Network, then Travel Channel and eventually CNN as most of us would remember him. The journeyman chef narrative that became his brand has been replicated by several other chefs and networks over the years. But, as we know, no one could do it quite like Bourdain; finding connections that transcended food, linking people and places.
If you have rewatched Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Parts Unknown more times than you can possibly recall; this upcoming documentary could not come at a better time. The film will premiere at this month's Tribeca Film Festival; but there's no word yet on how we can watch it on our screens here in Australia. Stay tuned for more details to come.