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Anthony Bourdain's Famous Friends Toast to Late Chef's Birthday

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By Gary Trock

Anthony Bourdain's closest friends are paying homage to him on what would have been the chef's 63rd birthday.

"Cheers to Anthony Bourdain," chefs José Andrés and Eric Ripert said while holding up big mugs of icy beer during a trip to Singapore.

"Everybody is going to be celebrating," Andrés added.

Cheers to Anthony bourdain, happy birthday. Everybody is going to be celebrating.

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The thought behind the push was to change the tone of Bourdain's birthday from solemn to celebratory after the "Parts Unknown" host took his life last year while traveling through France.

Ripert, who owns famed seafood restaurant Le Bernardin, was actually with Bourdain on that fateful day of June 8 last year and was the one who discovered the chef unresponsive in his hotel room in the picturesque town of Kaysersberg, just south of Strasbourg, in the Haut-Rhin region of France.

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The two chefs recently announced that June 25 would be celebrated as "Bourdain Day," explaining that, "“We want all of you to celebrate Tony’s life.” To do that, all you need to do is pick up a beverage of your choosing and toast to Bourdain on camera, and post the moment to social media with the hashtag #BourdainDay."

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To change the day of remembrance from happy to sad, Ripert explained that “We will make sure that Anthony is being remembered on his birthday, and not when he left. We will keep this tradition year after year."

"The beauty of the Bourdain Day toast is that you can do it anywhere," Andrés explained to the Washington Post. He added, "People can celebrate at home, people can celebrate at the top of a mountain, people can celebrate in a bar in Guatemala, in Antigua. People can celebrate anywhere."

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Ripert and Andrés are celebrating Bourdain Day in Singapore, where the two star chefs are participating in the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards.

They toasted Bourdain while taking part in one of the late chef's favorite activities, drinking beer and eating street food.

We love and miss you, Tony.

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