CHARLOTTETOWN — In honour of Anthony Bourdain’s birthday, the P.E.I. Culinary Federation is hosting a Bourdain Day gathering today at 7 p.m. at Victoria Row in downtown Charlottetown.
After international chefs José Andrés and Eric Ripert declared June 25 Bourdain Day in hopes of sparking a worldwide celebration of their friend’s career and life, chef Ilona Daniel, a food writer for SaltWire Network and member of the P.E.I. Culinary Federation, presented the idea of holding a commemorative event to the P.E.I. Chefs Association. She found many in the foodservice industry shared her desire to take action.
“Everyone was so united and impacted by Anthony, so I agreed to take the bull by the horns and make it happen,” said Daniel in an interview with The Guardian.
Speakers at the event will include Terry Nabuurs, chef/owner of Terry’s Berries and chef Irwin MacKinnon, president of the P.E.I. Culinary Association. Both will take the opportunity to speak about mental health and wellness in hopes of raising awareness for this issue in the foodservice industry.
“We’re not looking to take a lot of people’s time,” says MacKinnon. “We want to honour Bourdain on his birthday, so we’re inviting foodies, home cooks — everyone who knew of him — to attend.”
Following the speeches, a group photo will be taken of the attendees and then shared with the global food community.
This event is open to anyone who was inspired by Anthony Bourdain.