Anthony Bourdain Reveals How Being A Dad Led Him To Soften His Bad Boy Persona

Fatherhood changes everything.

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Most people know Anthony Bourdain as a respected celebrity chef and television host. But long before he became a household name, Bourdain was considered to be the unofficial bad boy of the culinary world. That all changed nine years ago when Bourdain became a father at age 50. In a recent interview with CBS This Morning, Bourdain opened up about how fatherhood impacted his career — and his entire life.

"Fatherhood changes everything," Bourdain said when he first became a father. "At that moment, you stop being the star of the film. For me, that was an enormous relief and a gift."


Bourdain fully embraced the challenges of being a father, and he takes an active role in empowering his 9-year-old daughter, Ariane.

"My soul duty as a parent and as a father, particularly raising a little girl who is going to grow up to be a young woman, is that she will never look to men for affirmation, or anyone else for affirmation or self-worth or be physically intimidated by anyone," Bourdain told "My daughter spinning arm bars is a thing of envy — Ronda Rousey-quality."

In turn, Ariane has influenced his work. Bourdain recently released a new cookbook, Appetites, which focuses on dishes that can be prepared for family and friends in any home.

"The person I'm trying to please more often than not is a 9-year-old and her friends," he told CBS This Morning. "I thought it would put a stake through the heart of the bad boy image leftover from 1999."

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