WASHINGTON -- Local D.C. chefs are taking to social media to mourn the death of the celebrity chef, author and television personality, Anthony Bourdain.

The gifted storyteller who took viewers around the world and exposed so many to food, politics and culture died Friday at the age of 61. CNN confirmed that the cause of death was suicide.

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Many expressed their astonishment and sadness regarding Bourdain's death and took to social media to share their thoughts. Among those who were vocal were many chefs from the area. Some of those names included Jose Andres, Chef Cisero, Adam Greenberg and others.

There are very few people in the world that can blend the passion of travel and world of culinary arts together in such way that both are balanced so perfectly. Anthony Bourdain was a culturist and he used his love of Food and Travel to bring his adventures to everyone’s home. He enlightened us with not only dreamt of destinations but exotic foods while teaching us about the people who crafted them. I always said that @anthonybourdain had my dream “job”. But it was more than a job, it was his calling. He instilled a fire to learn about cultures through food that still continues to burn today in me and is the foundation on how my culinary learning. Losing an idol sucks to put it frankly. I would be remiss if I had not pay homage to this man. Rest In Peace.

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It was my first year of culinary school back in 2000, when @anthonybourdain wrote kitchen confidential. His influences on our industry, and the stories he told were so authentic to who he was. A lot of us saw the world and experienced food through his adventures, he will be dearly missed. #rip #chef #kitchenconfidential

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Rest In Peace Chef

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Absolutely saddened to hear the news about the passing of Anthony Bourdain. It is truly a sad day! He was a dear friend of the @dccentralkitchen and took time out from his hectic schedule to participate in the annual Capital Food Fight for several years. Heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family he left behind. #riptony #legendlost

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Such a sad morning for our industry and community. Anthony Bourdain was an incredible human who brought the world together through food. I started reading kitchen confidential right before going to culinary school, being the crazy person I am I was sold hook line and sinker on this industry I was just starting off in. There is so much good that can be done through chefs but we must remember that their are also many demons just bellow the surface.

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