He shot to fame in 2000 with a best-selling book called Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a behind-the-scenes expose on the world of haute cuisine. In the book he wrote candidly about his abuse of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and LSD.

Tributes have been pouring in from fellow chefs, food critics and restaurateurs. Celebrities, entertainers, and broadcasters have also been recalling moments with the chef.

The celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain he was found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide.

Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the cable network said in a statement on Friday. Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.