This wasn't the first thing that I read this morning but I saw this before I got out of bed. I haven't told my wife yet because stuff like this is a crummy way to start the day.
He seemed like he was kind of mean to a lot of people but he also seemed pretty genuine. If he didn't get along with someone, he wasn't going to waste his time around them.
I don't know the man; I've never met him.
This is just to say that I really enjoyed his cultural interactions from all over the world as well as his writing. He will be missed.
If you haven't read Kitchen Confidential, I'd recommend it. Most libraries have it too. I'll put a link to it back there but, FYI, I don't get any affiliate money from it if you decide to pick it up.