Bourdain had a profound effect on my worldview. It is not just that you are able to follow him to exotic locales and try local food that you may never get the chance to taste yourself. He was able to connect with people from other countries through empathy and understanding. It didn’t feel like you were watching a local news story where a camera crew pops in and out of someone’s house to get a story, ambivalent to what is actually going on. As if these people were just props. Rather, he used food as the ice breaker to learn.
This may be blasphemous, but I see some parallels between Bourdain and Mr. Rogers – only in the sense that I feel like if you watch their shows and embrace the message they are sharing, you will be a more empathetic and tolerant person.