Happy 1st Birthday, Ariane Bourdain

By Karen

The only photo I could find online of Anthony Bourdain’s daughter, Ariane, was a newborn shot shown on 60 Minutes. But it proves that, right off the bat, Tony committed the egregious Daddy sin Ariane will always have to live with. He made her pose nude for the The Gourmet Institute – as a pinup girl for their fundraising calendar, no less.

Anthony Bourdain and Ariane

For Ariane’s fans, here’s what I found out about her and her mom:

Ariane was born April 9, 2007, weighing 7 lbs, 9 ozs. There’s some disagreement over how to pronounce her name. Is it Ah-ree-AN or Ah-ree-ANA? Tony said it both ways in this clip with his friend Ariane Daguin, owner of foie gras producer D’Artagnan, whom he named his daughter after.

In March, Tony told David Letterman that Ariane is mesmerized by Elmo these days.

Among her favorite haunts are Central Park and the Carl Schurz Park at East End Ave. and 86th St. because, Dad says, it has “good swings and doggies.” Carl Shurz Park is an 8-block stroll from home, if the address I found for the Bourdains is correct.

Ariane’s mom, Ottavia, is about 29 years old. That’s 22 years younger than Tony, and 24 years younger than Nancy, Tony’s first wife. Ottavia’s from northern Italy and she has a low opinion of American food. Tony says she’s been feeding Ariane imported things like prosciutto, wild boar and rabbit baby foods.

Outside Letterman studio March 24 2008

Ottavia and Tony conceived Ariane just about the time Tony went to Beirut and got trapped when Israel attacked Lebanon over the capture of two Israeli soldiers. Makes you wonder if he knew yet he was about to become a father. That episode of No Reservations was nominated for an Emmy, but Tony lost to Ted Koppel and his show on Iran.

Tony and Ottavia were married on April 20, 2007, 11 days after Ariane was born, many sources were careful to point out.

Before meeting Tony, I believe Ottavia was banquet manager at the Geisha Restaurant at 33 E. 61st St. in New York because she’s still listed as the contact on OpenTable.com. The Geisha serves “Asian-inspired French cuisine complemented by a traditional Japanese Sushi Bar.” Given that background, her meeting Tony would seem to be fate.

In her spare time, Ottavia has been studying boxing and mixed martial arts and packs a mean punch, as Tony’s friend, Michael Ruhlman, painfully found out.


9 Responses to Happy 1st Birthday, Ariane Bourdain

  1. ST says:

    The NY Times review of Geisha (February 2004) mentioned Eric Ripert as consulting chef. Since Tony is a friend of Eric Ripert, . . .

  2. RH says:

    Quotes from Bourdain:
    Turn ons-Tony finds a woman who grew up killing chickens in Italy “so hot.” Note he seems oblivious to the throngs of women of all shapes and ages who adore him. I listened to two women flirt with him during his reading at Cody’s, and another two discuss his marital status, smoking habits, and handsome looks after the reading.

    He had the dish on fatherhood, vegetarians, Rachael Ray, and how he met his wife (“It was a blind date…. I was lonely and wanted someone to hang out and have sex with.”)

  3. catsworking says:

    Hey, RH, thanks for the eyewitness insights. I guess it’s in Tony’s best interests to be oblivious to his female fans these days.

    Very interesting to hear how he met Ottavia. After reading ST’s comment, I’m wondering if Eric Ripert played Cupid.

    From the nasty things Paula Froelich seemed to be saying about our guy without naming him, it sounded like they probably had a bad breakup, so it doesn’t surprise me that he fell fast and hard on the rebound from her.

  4. bunnybonnet says:

    April 2007 must have been a heckuva a month for our Tony – IMDB.com lists his divorce date from Nancy as April 5, 2007. Scary times in Beirut, a divorce, a birth, and then a marriage – yikes!

  5. catsworking says:

    April 2007 was big. I think his divorce was final April 5, Ariane was born April 11, and he married Ottavia April 20. He was in Beirut July 2006, I believe.

  6. annette says:

    His new wife seems like a bit snobbish if you ask me. She probably won’t allow Ariana to play with other american children as she gets older, lets hope she does.

  7. catsworking says:

    Annette, I don’t know how snobbish Ottavia is or isn’t, but she does seem to like to beat people up. Bourdain has said she takes a lot of lessons in martial arts. Who knows what that’s all about.

  8. cpt/bustamante says:

    hello it me again i just read that ottavia likes to take martial arts. that is very impressing.i happen to be a third degree white belt and an advance kickboxer. s most people knowho study martial arts the key role to implying self defense is it is only to be used in a threatning situation. it must suck being the guy that ottavia punched because if you use the right combos and techniques you can really do some damage to an attacker or in her case a friend who tested her skills. You go ottavia and keep studying the arts.

  9. catsworking says:

    We’ve been wondering about Ottavia’s enjoyment at beating up people. Maybe she thinks she needs the self-defense skills when she’s traveling in other countries with Tony.

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