Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, bestselling author, and award-winning television personality, travels across the globe to eat, drink, talk shop, and shine a light on mostly lesser-explored destinations in the popular television show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.
Last year, before the premier of Season 9, Explore Parts Unknown—a mobile-first, online component of the hit TV show—entered the scene. An editorial partnership between CNN and Roads & Kingdoms, Explore Parts Unknown highlights our shared obsession with travel and adventure, giving Bourdain super-fans an even greater opportunity to learn what Anthony Bourdain knows, go where he goes, eat what he eats, and see what he sees.
Bourdain’s gritty, unflinching nonfiction book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, first brought him into the spotlight in 2000, but since then it has been his unslakable thirst for travel and learning that has made him an Emmy-winning host and now the creative force behind this website.
In the Emmy-winning original series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Bourdain takes viewers on a journey to the far corners of the world. Wherever he goes—Queens, Antarctica, Sri Lanka—we go, watching as Bourdain takes a deep dive into each destination’s culture, cuisine, and politics. Bourdain is no stranger to the pleasures of local food and whatever beer is on tap in that city, country, or continent. But he also takes advantage of the opportunity to ask important questions in a sincere attempt to better understand his hosts, their hopes and their lives. The things he learns, sees and hears come back to the viewer and reader through his show and the digital Explore Parts Unknown companion site.
Now entering its eleventh season, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown continues to travel the world, and Explore Parts Unknown goes even further. Not only does the site offer deep reporting on topics and characters that Bourdain comes across in his show, but it also offers practical information for travelers who want to follow in Bourdain’s footsteps. Explore Parts Unknown shows us how to have A Perfect Day in Mexico City or the Bronx. It provides field notes on each location written by Bourdain himself, and it touches upon topics and themes Bourdain is eager to explore with his fans.
“What is the pathos of this place?” is a typical Bourdain question—challenging, abstract, open-ended. Anthony Bourdain’s Explore Parts Unknown is where you’ll find the answers.
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