On one of his visits to shoot an episode of “No Reservations” in 2011, he went to Joe’s Kansas City again with KC native, food writer, and photographer Bonjwing Lee.
“Everyone learned a lot from him,” he said. “He wasn’t just about fluff, but it was really about showing people what’s outside of their region.”
Lee said Bourdain had asked him to take him to his favorite spot for that episode.
“What I really appreciated about what Anthony Bourdain did for food was that he was very frank and honest about it,” he said. “And he traveled to places in the world that very few got to see and got to taste, and so I think he made the world a smaller place in terms of food and gave people access to cultures they wouldn’t otherwise necessarily have contact with and that was great.”
Bourdain also went to Woodyard BBQ with the band the Black Keys. He made other stops at LC’s and Green Dirt Farm while he was in town.
A spokesperson for Joe’s Kansas City said “We’re sad and shocked” when asked about the news of Bourdain’s passing.