Ottavia Bourdain Will Kick Your Ass Now

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Photo: Melissa Hom

The Times steps into the ring with Ottavia Busia Bourdain, television show developer, Ultimate Fighting Championship aspirant, and wife of Tony Bourdain. It turns out she flew in from Italy twelve years ago with little more than $300 in her pocket; after a few years in the restaurant management trenches, Eric Ripert introduced her to her future husband. These days, the chef and TV host's wife likes to stay out of the spotlight and prefers to beat people up. She adheres to a strict regimen and diet, and takes down Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts with grace, ease — some would say she does all this with no reservations. [NYT, Earlier]