People.com Lifestyle Food Anthony Bourdain and Wife Ottavia Busia Have Split After 9 Years Together The celebrity chef and his wife have decided to separate, PEOPLE confirms By Ana Calderone Ana Calderone Instagram Ana Calderone is the Digital Food Editor for PEOPLE. In her nine years at the brand, she's appeared as a judge on Beat Bobby Flay, traveled on the road with the late Anthony Bourdain, and hosted cooking segments for the Food Network Kitchen app. When she's not leading PEOPLE's coverage of celebrity chefs and food news, she's often baking up cake content on TikTok @ana_calderone. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 2, 2020 02:15 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Anthony Bourdain and his wife Ottavia Busia, a mixed martial arts fighter, have separated, PEOPLE confirms. News of their split first broke on Page Six, who reported from a source close to Bourdain that, “They’ve been separated for a while,” but “there was no one else involved.” The couple — who were first married in 2007 — have one daughter, Ariane, 9, together. Bourdain, who travels “250 days a year” in part for his CNN show Parts Unknown, recently spoke with PEOPLE while promoting his latest project, his “dysfunctional family cookbook” Appetites. President Obama Dined with Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam — Guess Who Picked Up the Check “I have a completely dysfunctional…” he said, trailing off. “I love my family but it’s not an ordinary family.” “If I’m not traveling, I’m pretty much doing jack s— on a Friday night,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m going to bed when my nine-year-old decides to go to bed. If I’m home, I’m not going to the hot new restaurant, I’m not walking a red carpet, I’m cooking something that my daughter decides she wants, or staying very close to home.” Of their relationship, Busia clarified, “Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship. Nothing has changed. We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family.” Anthony Bourdain Reveals Why He ‘Never’ Eats Airplane Food or Orders Room Service Busia has recently posted photos with Bourdain training together in Southampton, New York, having a family water gun fight and last week, the fighter congratulated the chef on Instagram for his recent Emmy win. This was Bourdain’s second marriage. He split from his first wife, Nancy Putkoski, in 2004.