He seemed nearly uncomfortable with the self-knowledge that - as many no doubt jealously felt, including myself, he seemingly had the best job in the world as a globe-traveling food enthusiast. "If I'm unhappy, it's a failure of imagination".
USA Today reviewed "Kitchen Confidential" in 2000. "I want to try everything once".
Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the NY restaurant. "I looked at him in the eyes and said, this is something we will always be thankful for, Tony".
Reminiscing their evening out in Hanoi, Obama took to Twitter to remember and honor his Friend "Tony".
"Yes, I have been very blessed to have crossed paths with you in this handsome life". Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by a close friend, French chef Eric Ripert, Friday morning, CNN said.
For the uninitiated, Obama and Bourdain shared a meal and screen space on the latter's Emmy-winning show, Parts Unknown back in March 2016. Inside, he found that Bourdain had killed himself in his bathroom.
Bourdain was 61 years old.
Bourdain defended her viral review, which earnt the food reviewer a trip to New York City.
The renowned chef, TV host and author apparently committed suicide on Friday.
The prosecutor hopes the investigation into Mr Bourdain's death will help his loved ones understand what happened to the seemingly happy man in his final hours.
Before his death, Bourdain was also supporting his girlfriend Asia Argento after she told The New Yorker she had been raped by Harvey Weinstein.
According to Manu Chandra, chef of Monkey Bar, Bourdain created a turning point for the way chefs behave.
"I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women", he wrote on in a 2017 essay on Medium.
Traversing the globe meant visiting areas of conflict and also intense poverty, and Bourdain didn't shy away from either.
At the restaurant, which is known for its reasonably priced food, Obama and Bourdain ate grilled pork and noodles together and spent just $6 (around Rs 390 that time).
There was, of course, a more lighthearted side to his travels, including some wild and freaky eating experiences.
Closer to home, Bourdain was an early supporter of #MeToo, noting he'd met several women who'd told him bad stories of abuse.
The American chef was in France at the time shooting for a CNN series. He spent years as a line cook and sous chef at restaurants in the Northeast before becoming executive chef at Manhattan's Brasserie Les Halles.
Chef Wan said he was blessed at having the opportunity to have met Bourdain and thanked him for sharing his culinary talent with the world.