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.
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.
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.