Two longtime friends and colleagues of Anthony Bourdain have started a campaign to declare June 25 — Bourdain’s birthday — “Bourdain Day.” To honor and memorialize their late friend, who died last year on June 8, chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres are encouraging Bourdain’s fans and friends to post their favorite memories using the #BourdainDay hashtag.

Ripert said, “June is a very important month. On June 25, we are all going to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend and beloved Anthony Bourdain.”

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And “Bourdain Day” isn’t just a hashtag. The Culinary Institute of America has announced plans to introduce a new scholarship in honor of Bourdain, supporting travel-minded culinary students with an international culinary semester abroad.

Ripert and Andres also added tributes to Anthony Bourdain Remembered, a book memorializing Bourdain that debuted on May 28. It also includes words from Barack Obama, Ken Burns, Jill Filipovic, Questlove, and more.

The book’s description reads, “These remembrances give us a glimpse of Tony’s widespread impact through his political and social commitments; his dedication to travel and eating well (and widely); and his love of the written word, along with his deep compassion, open-mindedness, and interest in lives different from his own.”

We’re pretty confident that it won’t take too much encouraging for the #BourdainDay hashtag to spread like wildfire.

H/T: Food & Wine

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