World-renowned chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain has been named the Realscreen Awards’ 2015 Personality of the Year, and will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on June 2.
Bourdain, who starred in Food Network’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations from 2004-2012, is now the star of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which recently aired its season five premiere. The Zero Point Zero-produced series won two Emmy Awards in 2013, a Peabody and an Emmy in 2014, and is up for two Realscreen Awards this June.
He is also one of the judges and mentors on ABC’s cooking competition series from Kinetic Content, The Taste, along with Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson.
As an author, his Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly has been translated into more than 28 languages, and he has also written its follow-up Medium Raw, the travel journal A Cook’s Tour, a book about Typhoid Mary, three crime novels, and a graphic novel, Get JIRO!
“Anthony Bourdain, as a television host and in every aspect of his multi-media life, is an absolutely candid, occasionally caustic and thoroughly captivating individual,” said Barry Walsh, editor and content director for realscreen. “Parts Unknown gives viewers globally the opportunity to see the world through the lens of someone with an insatiable hunger for new experiences and a true taste for exploration. And that makes for great television.”
“I’m a guy with a point of view who goes to a place, looks around, comes back and tries to give as honest an account of my experience as I can, but it is my experience,” Bourdain told realscreen earlier this year. ” If I inspire people to consider getting a passport – people who don’t already have one – or to think differently about difficult, complicated places, that makes me happy.”
The Realscreen Awards will be presented during a ceremony held at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, on June 2, in conjunction with the forthcoming Realscreen West conference, which takes place June 1-3.