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Acadiana remembers famous chef & writer who came to Cajun Country

Posted: 6:52 PM, Jun 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 19:52:02-04

Acadiana and much of the world are mourning the death of chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain. 

Bourdain died on Friday morning France of an apparent suicide. 

The 61-year-old was in Acadiana in February, filming an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown.

The episode is set to air on Sunday, June, 17. 

Bourdain blended right in during his time at Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras.

CNN says he disguised himself in a conical hat, mask and colorful fringed costume and participated in the chicken run, which emulates a medieval French tradition.  

For Madonna Broussard, the owner of Laura’s II, he was a customer she’ll never forget. 

"This morning when I got the news about Mr. Anthony Bourdain, I was certainly floored and shocked to hear something like that to someone who had just been in my restaurant. With so much attention, so much vibe, just a following of great people," said Broussard. 

The Parts Unknown producers called the restaurant just fifteen minutes before they opened their doors on that day in February. 

"I served him, at my suggestion, our turkey wings because that’s our number one item. And, I knew that would be something I was certain he would love. He had rice dressing, green beans, potato salad and a soft roll. And, upon him leaving, I asked for a picture of him leaving at my door, and he stated to me very few words, ‘Food was awesome. Don’t change anything,’" recalled Broussard. 

The title of the episode is "Cajun Mardi Gras." 

It includes zydeco music, a crawfish boil, a stop for boudin and crackling at Billy’s in Opelousas and much more. 

The episode airs June 17 at 8 p.m. on CNN.