Jason Wang is the CEO and son of Xi'an Famous Foods founder located in Flushing, New York.
Ms Nga, who helps run the restaurant in the Vietnamese capital, remembered Bourdain as a "nice, friendly and folksy person".
In an interview with People, Lakshmi says that she was "really shocked and saddened because he had been doing really well".
Two days before Bourdain's death, Parts Unknown camera operator and cinematographer Todd Liebler posted on Instagram a picture of him and colleagues biking with Bourdain on a road in Colmar.
Years before the beloved celebrity chef took his own life in a hotel room in Paris, the vibrant and brutally honest personality was lauded for openly talking about his battles with drug addiction, the loneliness fame could bring and dealing with depression.
"He said he came to realise that what I do is a reflection of how people eat", she said.
Anthony Bourdain had no qualms about addressing his past
The internet has been overflowing with tributes and personal encounters with the author and chef Anthony Bourdain following the news of his tragic suicide.
The gifted chef and storyteller used his books and later television shows to explore culture and cuisine. "His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds", the Italian actress wrote.
At the restaurant, which is known for its reasonably priced food, Obama and Bourdain ate grilled pork and noodles together and spent just $6 (around Rs 390 that time).
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255. I really can't talk about him.He was brilliant and sharp and amusing.
"Lakshmi also went on to say that while she's met many people in the entertainment industry, including writers and chefs, she didn't know a lot of people like Tony".
Nearly three in four Americans who have a psychiatric illness when they took their own lives were not receiving treatment at the time of the death. Last year, a blogger accused him of banning white chefs from getting exposure on a "Parts Unknown" episode on Houston's culinary scene.
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