Eric Ripert and José Andrés

Acclaimed chefs Eric Ripert (left) and José Andrés have partnered with The Culinary Institute of America to create the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship.

Eric Ripert, José Andrés Create Scholarship in Honor of Anthony Bourdain

Chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés and The Culinary Institute of America are celebrating the upcoming birthday of Anthony Bourdain on June 25 with the announcement of The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship, a new scholarship for students of the CIA who hope to follow Anthony's global path of discovery.

In partnership with Ripert and Andrés, the CIA is now actively fundraising for its Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship, which—in the spirit of Bourdain himself—will be awarded to CIA students pursuing a semester abroad or taking part in one of the college's global cuisines and cultures international programs.

The college is accepting donations through its website, as well as identifying other event and partnership opportunities to benefit the fund with the goal of issuing the first of these scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester. The number and dollar amount of scholarships awarded will be determined by the funds raised. More info about the scholarship and a link to donate can be found at

Additionally, this fall, the CIA will honor Bourdain's legacy with a permanent memorial on its Hyde Park, New York, campus.

"Anthony Bourdain opened the world of food and different cultures to all through his brilliant storytelling," says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. "He often came to campus to speak with students about food and world cultures, his career, and the importance of authenticity in being a chef. It is therefore fitting that his memory is being honored at the CIA through a scholarship for students interested in experiencing cuisines and cultures around the globe."

In celebration of Anthony's birthday, Andrés and Ripert have also asked Anthony's fans, friends, and fellow chefs to join them in toasting to Anthony's upcoming birthday on June 25 by creating their own videos and tagging #BourdainDay on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. You can view their personal tribute video here.

"We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad," chefs Ripert and Andrés said. "We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did—through cuisines and cultures everywhere."

Eric and José's hope is that, by toasting to Anthony's birthday this June and remembering his global travels through the CIA scholarship, we'll all continue to celebrate his life and legacy.

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