The General Assembly Approves Moriarty’s Resolution to Honor Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, inspired millions of people as he explored local cuisine throughout the world. The New Jersey native’s unexpected death last June, at the age of 61, left many fans searching for the right way to honor him. Now, thanks to Assemblyman Moriarty’s sponsored resolution (AR-173) his home state may soon honor our best-known chef with the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail.” In January, with overwhelming support, the General Assembly approved the resolution to call on the Division of Tourism to establish the food trail.

Anthony Bourdain was born in Leonia, Bergen County, New Jersey. Bourdain began his improbable career as a dishwasher in a clam shack in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He worked his way up to become a head chef in some of the country’s best restaurants, including the Rainbow Room and Les Halles in New York City.

Following his industry success, Anthony Bourdain wrote several best selling books about his experience as a chef at a world-renowned restaurant including “Kitchen Confidential.” Later in life, Bourdain would become an international celebrity by traveling the world to explore local cuisine on his television shows “No Reservation” and “Parts Unknown.”

Even though Bourdain traveled the world, grew to international fame and even dined with President Obama he never forgot his Jersey roots.  Anthony Bourdain was proud of his home state and during a 2015 episode of “Parts Unkown,” he showcased ten of his favorite places to eat across the State of New Jersey.

In honor of this episode, the resolution specifies that the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail” would include the eateries Bourdain visited in 2015. The locations featured in that episode include: Kubel’s in Barnegat Light; Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee; Knife and Fork in Atlantic City; Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City; Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City; Tony and Ruth Steaks in Camden; Donkey’s Place in Camden; Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat; Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City.

Now that the General Assembly has passed the resolution, the Assembly Clerk will send copies of the resolution to the director of the Division of Travel and Tourism. The Division can then begin work to establish the food trail. Additionally, they will have the authority to add more locations to the trail as they see fit.

Assemblyman Moriarty knows that it was heartbreaking for fans across New Jersey when Anthony Bourdain died. To the people of our state, Anthony Bourdain became a New Jersey food icon. New Jerseyans admired that Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to everything he did in life. The Assemblyman believes that the “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail” will give fans a fitting way to pay tribute to New Jersey’s best-known chef.