Anthony Bourdain was honored with posthumous Emmy Awards on Sunday night for his work on the travel and food program “Parts Unknown.”
The celebrated chef, restaurateur and author, who died in June by suicide at the age of 61, won awards for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program and outstanding informational series or special, alongside other producers of the program.
Lydia Tenaglia, Bourdain’s longtime collaborator and an executive producer of “Parts Unknown,” accepted an Emmy his behalf on Sunday, describing her friend as at times “bitingly funny and sardonic, at others deeply poignant and profound.” She told HuffPost in an email that his death had left “a gaping hole in our hearts.”
“Tony was nominated for this nonfiction writing Emmy many times. It was the one award he secretly coveted but it had always eluded him. So it’s with a sense of bittersweetness that I accept it tonight on his behalf,” Tenaglia said while accepting the outstanding writing nod.
“Tony is truly off on a trip to Parts Unknown now. I wish we could be there to shoot it,” she added. “I’m sure he would have written the hell out of that episode.”
The series picked up five Emmys. Its digital venture, “Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown,” picked up an additional Emmy, bringing the show’s Emmy statues total to six.
“Parts Unknown″ which will air its 12th and final season later this month on CNN, picked up a total of six Emmy nominations this year.
The first episode of the new season will feature Bourdain traveling to Kenya with CNN’s W. Kamau Bell. It will be the only one to feature the chef’s personal narration.
This story has been updated to include comments from Lydia Tenaglia.