Ripert found the 61-year-old "unresponsive", CNN reported.
'We thought it was odd, ' waiter Maxime Voinson told The New York Times on Saturday.
"Mr. Ripert thought it was odd", waiter Maxime Voinson said in an interview.
For an episode of Bourdain's Travel Channel show, "No Reservations", Garcia gave Bourdain a tour of his hometown, Puebla.
"His friend was waiting at breakfast", Voinson said.
Meanwhile, the TV star's camera crew had set up to film at an outdoor market in nearby Strasbourg.
Eventually, a hotel receptionist opened Bourdain's door after he didn't answer his cell phone. News. The insider said that in the weeks before his passing, Bourdain appeared to act "normal, upbeat and happy", but added, "He's usually an introvert so it wasn't unusual that he kept to himself". Wherever he was in the world, Bourdain could find the joy in any food as long as it tasted good, whether it was haute cuisine or peasant food made from the "nasty bits", often described in pornographic terms.
"Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days..."
"He had everything", she said.
"I'm sorry I've been dreading this conversation", he said. The people in the restaurant-once they got over their shock at seeing the leader of the free world happily slurping noodles at a nearby table - clearly loved that Obama was eating and enjoying their food. Anthony was in the city while filming for his CNN show, Parts Unknown.
Saul Montiel, executive chef at the Mexican restaurant Cantina Roof Top in Manhattan, said Garcia, who died of cancer in 2015, always spoke highly of Bourdain.
Speaking to The Guardian in January 2017, Bourdain reflected on his chaotic life in the kitchens, saying he had finally "put aside my psychotic rage, after many years being very bad to line cooks, abusive to waiters, bullying to dishwashers".
The two were photographed laughing and hugging. "She just really paved the way for women in such a huge way that I don't think a lot of people know about her".
She later deleted the post.
"His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds", Argento said on Twitter. And this was something he's been remembered for, too, this weekend: "He was my love, my rock, my protector", Argento wrote in a statement. "I am beyond devastated".
"Thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx".