Hopscotching across the globe is not for the faint of heart, but Anthony Bourdain makes it look easy. With a high-octane career that involves discovering interesting people and culinary experiences in the world’s far-flung destinations, Bourdain is undoubtedly an enthusiastic advocate for adventure. Even when this chef-turned-writer-turned-television-host slows down for a moment, his mind tends to buzz.
Catching up with Bourdain earlier feels like a moment in the eye of the hurricane. He has just flown to the Cayman Islands from Berlin, where he was taping an episode of his hit CNN series Parts Unknown. Fortunately, today he is found in a quiet conference room—but just outside the door is loud music and raucous partying at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman’s swimming pool. Bourdain is here for the 2018 Cayman Cookout, an annual culinary event presented by his good buddy and award-winning chef Eric Ripert. Although the two are famously known for ribbing each other on some episodes of Parts Unknown, it’s obvious that they are the closest of friends. In fact, one of the festival’s most laughter-filled events was the duo’s cooking demo, aptly named The Adventures of Eric and Tony.