Anthony Bourdain's CNN show, Parts Unknown, premieres this Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m., and the cable network is all behind him.
Recently, the network placed a full-page ad in the New York Times "reintroducing" itself and featuring many of its headliners -- including Bourdain.
Bourdain has also been on many CNN shows in a cross-promotion campaign blitz. Most recently, he met with Wolf Blitzer to talk about Parts Unknown.
Bourdain said he would still "travel the world on my stomach," noting that food was usually his first introduction to a place.
But the chef/writer said that CNN is allowing him to travel to exotic locales such as Myanmar, Congo, Libya, and Grenada, Spain ("I'm not getting combat pay for that one," Bourdain quipped).
After talking about an episode, which will focus on Korean influences on Los Angeles, Blitzer asked if North Korea was on
Bourdain's radar. "I have kinda low expectations for food scenes there,
but yeah -- I'd love to go."
Bourdain is always saying the best
way to know someone is to break bread with that person. Maybe it takes a chef
to begin some diplomatic talks between our countries. It's certainly a
less insane idea than sending over Dennis Rodman.
Here's a clip from the Wolf Blitzer interview:
In Myanmar, Tony finds fried whole birds and a human-powered Ferris wheel:
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Here's a short preview of the Parts Unknown premiere, set in Myanmar: