Who Is Anthony Bourdain's First Wife Nancy Putkoski? Meet Her

By Staff Writer | Updated On: 27 Feb, 2020
Who Is Anthony Bourdain's First Wife Nancy Putkoski? Meet Her

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Nationality American Profession Family Member
Marital Status Single Husband/Spouse Anthony Bourdain (m. 1985–2005)
Divorced/Engaged Yes (Once) Ethnicity N/A
Net Worth N/A Height N/A
Education Vassar college

Nancy Putkoski is the former wife of the late celebrity chef, travel documentarian, author, and television personality, Anthony Bourdain. 

Nancy Putkoski Bio (Age)

Nancy Putoski was born and raised in a supportive family in the United States. She attended the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, and went to Vassar College.

Married To Anthony Bourdain

Nancy Putkoski was married to Anthony for twenty long years, tying the knots in 1985 until they split in 2005.

Nancy Putkoski with her husband, Anthony Bourdain (Photo:

Nancy and Anthony, who were together since their first encounter in high school, called it quits on their relationship, citing the growing distance. Anthony's frequent work-travel schedule is the reason for their separation.

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Years later, in 2012, Anthony relived those times with Daily Life, citing how he deliberately graduated from high school one year early to follow Nancy to Vassar College. Lucky for him, the college had just started admitting men at the time.

In the same interview, he said: "she was my partner in crime, my wife, and before that, my girlfriend."

Ex-Husband, Anthony Bourdain's Relationship History, Children

Nancy Putkoski's ex-spouse, Anthony, got married to his second wife, Octavia Busia, a professional martial artist, on 20th April 2007, a few weeks after they started dating. Later that year, they welcomed their daughter, Ariane Bourdain, who Anthony at some point said was "very harsh critic" of his cooking.

Yet again, in 2016, Anthony ended his marriage; however, he stayed friendly with the mother of his only child. Moving on, in 2017, he started dating an Italian actress, Asia Argento, one of the dozen to accuse former film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

Up until his demise on 8th June 2018, Anthony was in a relationship with Asia.

Death Classified As Suicide

Nancy Putkoski's former hubby, Anthony, died at the age of 61 of an apparent suicide, which was confirmed by CNN.

The host of CNN's award-winning show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France, by his close friend and chief, Eric Ripert. Both happened to be there for filming an upcoming episode of the show.

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Born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, Anthony began his career working in seafood restaurants. He then graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and did all sorts of work, from that of a dishwasher and prep drone to line cook and sous-chef.

In 2000, his best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, became the turning point of his career, eventually earning him five Emmy Awards for his contribution to television.