Who exactly is Eric Ripert? You may recognise the French-born New York-based chef from shows like Top Chef, Chef’s Table and Parts Unknown. Or perhaps you might’ve been lucky enough to have dined at his three-Michelin-star seafood restaurant Le Bernardin in Manhattan (we did about a decade ago). But what you are most likely to know however, is that Eric was the late Anthony Bourdain’s close friend. It was the 54-year-old who found the former-chef-turned TV star Anthony unresponsive in his hotel room in France over a year ago, on June 8, 2018, where they were filming an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The two shared a 20-year bromance ever since Anthony wrote about his admiration for Ripert in his breakout 2001 memoir: 'Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly'. “I called him and said, 'I read your book, and I would love to know you. Would you come for lunch?' That was the first time I met Anthony, and we have been friends ever since,” Ripert reminisced to Hamptons Magazine.