“Is this where it happened?” Mr. Gil wondered, standing in front of Le Chambard. Like so many Americans, Mr. Gil had watched Mr. Bourdain’s television shows and was a fan.
“It makes me sad; it’s the second star who kills himself,” he said. A few days before, the celebrated handbag designer Kate Spade had also killed herself. “They were at the height of their success; they were young.”
“He opened up doors; he took people where they would otherwise not go,” Mr. Gil mused. “He opened up hope, food, where people wouldn’t go, because they were afraid to go. He made them be not afraid.” He added, “It’s telling that he killed himself in this picturesque, story tale village in the middle of the vineyards.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Bourdain posted a photo on his Instagram account of a meal he had: choucroute garnie, a hearty traditional dish from eastern France. “Light lunch,” he wrote.
In a statement, Mr. Ripert said: “Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time.”
As for Mr. Nasti, he was back in his kitchen on Friday, visible through a glass window. He had ordered his staff not to speak to reporters about Mr. Bourdain’s death and to carry on working.
Dressed in his chef uniform, he could be seen making wild gestures with his arms and directing his kitchen staff to prepare for the opening of the restaurant at noon, guests at the hotel said.
And on Saturday morning, he was back there again, cooking.