Nancy Putkoski: Ex-wife of Anthony Bourdain

Who is Nancy Putkoski?

Nancy Putkoski, an American-born figure, is best known to the general public as the late Anthony Bourdain’s ex-wife and as the anchor of the television program Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

However, Nancy Putkoski is an average person leading a routine life away from the spotlight. Due to her late husband’s busy work schedule, Nancy Putkoski had to put her marriage on hold.

The famous host fell into sadness after the couple parted ways, who had been more than just a companion for 20 years.

Without having any children, the former couple was married for 20 years before divorcing in 2005. On June 8, 2018, Bourdain tragically passed away, which appeared to be a suicide.

Nancy Putkoski Biography
Nancy Putkoski Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameNancy Putkoski 
Famous asAnthony Bourdain’s ex-wife
BirthdateApril 8, 1955
Age68 years old
Sun signAries
TraitsPositive: Determined, Honest, and Confident
Negative: Reckless, Impatient, and Short-tempered
BirthplaceFort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseLate Anthony Bourdain (ex-husband)
Children NameNone
ProfessionAmerican chef, author, and television personality
Net WorthUnder review
Social mediaNot Active

Early Life

Nancy Putkoski was born on the 8th of April 1955 in Fort Lee, NJ, USA. Because she was Anthony Bourdain’s ex-wife, Nancy Putkoski has become quite well-However, she hasn’t yet shared any information about her parents or siblings.

Putkoski met her ex-husband, Anthony Bourdain when she was a student at Englewood, New Jersey’s Dwight-Englewood School.

After her High-school, she moved to New York and graduated from Vassar College in 1974.

When Nancy Putkoski wed Anthony Bourdain, she became well-known. However, the press is unaware of her professional background.


Nancy Putkoski is an ex-model. She has earned popularity, nevertheless, as Bourdain’s ex-wife.

When Putkoski was married to Bourdain, she didn’t have any occupations. Putkoski is less social media active and more private about her personal life. What Putkoski does for a livelihood today is still a mystery following her divorce from Bourdain.

Relationship & Dating History

About Anthony Bourdain (Ex-husband)

Anthony Bourdain, a chef, regarded as one of the most prominent in the world, was born and raised in New York City. He prioritized learning about foreign cultures, food, and the human condition.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain

American celebrity chef Anthony Michael Bourdain also wrote books and produced travel documentaries. In addition, he appeared on shows that explored different cultures via food and the human condition.

His best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is where he initially gained fame (2000). A Cook’s Tour, Bourdain’s first culinary and travel television program, aired on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003 for 35 episodes.

He started presenting the culinary and cultural exploration shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013) in 2005. 

After starting a three-season stint as a judge on The Taste in 2013, he moved his travel show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, to CNN.

Bourdain wrote fiction and historical nonfiction in addition to his culinary writings, television appearances, and numerous books on food, cooking, and travel experiences.

Bourdain committed suicide on June 8, 2018, while filming for Parts Unknown in his home.

Nancy Putkoski Marriage Life With Anthony Bourdain

Nancy Putkoski, older than Anthony Bourdain, wed him in 1985 after dating him in high school. They started dating in high school while attending Dwight-Englewood School and eventually married and spent 25 years together. The pair didn’t have any children together, though.

The couple split in 2005 after failing to save their romance. Anthony was reportedly never ready to have children during the couple’s long marriage of 25 years, which is why they didn’t have any. He once said,

“I would have made a terrible parent. I make a great uncle—the cruel uncle who allows them to do anything. A parent, though? I could hardly take care of myself until very lately.”

Putkoski is currently single and hasn’t been married since their divorce; there have been no rumors of her starting any new relationships. Putkoski also maintains a modest profile.

Nancy Putkoski And Anthony Bourdain
Nancy Putkoski And Anthony Bourdain

After they broke up, her ex-husband, Anthony Bourdain, experienced mental and emotional trauma. He had acted destructively because he did not value his own life. Then, during the most challenging time of his life, Anthony acted irresponsibly while using marijuana and drinking.

Anthony referred to Nancy as the love of his life and described her as his crime-fighting partner in his 2012 interview with Daily Living while discussing his failed marriage.

Nancy Putkoski And Anthony Bourdain’s Divorce

Anthony Bourdain and Nancy were very much in love, and Bourdain frequently referred to his wife as his life’s love. The dynamic duo worked hard to keep their marriage strong and enjoyed every moment.

Still, after 20 years of marriage, Anthony’s constant travel became the leading cause of the power couple’s divorce.

They announced their separation in 2004, and divorce was granted in 2005. The couple never had difficulty battling for custody of any child because they never had children together.

Nancy reportedly always believed Anthony wouldn’t make a good father. When Anthony inquired about his writing, he responded,

”The kind of stuff you would write if you thought you were about to die, you know. I’m genuinely sorry. I’m sure I pretended I wasn’t. We’ve only communicated occasionally—civilly, but very, very rarely. ‘ I apologize. I am aware that is not helpful. There’s no going back and fixing it. But it’s not as if I can’t recall. It’s not as if I don’t understand what I did.”

Life After Divorce

On April 20, 2007, her ex-husband Anthony married martial artist Ottavia Busia. As a result, it became difficult for Anthony to stay far from his second wife and daughter, Ariane Bourdain. Anthony and Ottavia’s marriage ended in divorce in 2016 after nine years of marriage.

Anthony Bourdain with Ottavia Busia
Anthony Bourdain with Ottavia Busia

After that, Bourdain started dating Asia Argento, an Italian actress, on the Parts Unknown episode about Rome in 2017.

Nancy has never considered dating again, even though her late boyfriend had several affairs, and she has never discussed this with any media rags.

Anthony Bourdain Death

At 62, Bourdain passed away on June 8, 2018. In his Kaysersberg, France, hotel room at the Le Chambard, he committed suicide by hanging himself. On June 13, 2018, his body was burned in France, and two days later, his ashes were sent back to the United States.

Many people held Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend, responsible for his passing, but the #MeToo movement stood up for her.

Asia made a list of the instances in which her late partner publicly discussed suicide before his death in an online post that she dubbed a “Heart-Wrenching read.”

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento
Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento

Nancy Putkoski Net Worth

Nancy Putkoski’s career has not changed; hence her net worth has not been disclosed. However, according to some estimates, her wealth is in the six figures.

On the other hand, her ex-husband Late Anthony Bourdain had a net worth of USD 16 million at the time of his passing in 2018.

Although some publications estimated the late famous chef’s wealth to be approximately USD 1.2 million, it only consisted of a few real estate holdings, a few sets in his bank account, and one stock account. In addition, he reportedly had a USD 1 million mortgage when he passed away.

A portion of the USD 1.8 million raised in October 2019 from selling a few of his personal belongings went toward funding the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at his alma college, The Culinary Institute of America.

His most valuable possession was his handcrafted Bob Kramer Steel and Meteorite chef’s knife, which sold for a record-breaking USD 231,250.

Nancy Putkoski's ex-husband, Anthony Bourdain with his daughter, Ariane
Nancy Putkoski’s ex-husband, Anthony Bourdain, with his daughter, Ariane

Daughter Ariane was the only person named in Bourdain’s will as a beneficiary, and she received everything, including the USD 5 million New York condo Anthony purchased in 2014 for USD 3.35 million.

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Social Media

Since her divorce, Nancy has tried to stay out of the public and the spotlight. She doesn’t use Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, among other social media platforms.


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