Chef, best-selling author and travelling gourmand Anthony Bourdain returns in an all-new season of the Emmy award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Anthony travels to the lesser-known areas of beautiful Punjab, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, Lyon, Mexico, Mississippi and Las Vegas, steering off classic tourist tracks and traps, to expose and celebrate the people, unique culture, food, history and stories that make each place truly special. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown premieres every Tuesday at 10 p.m. starting February 10, exclusively on TLC (available nationwide in the Philippines on every major cable, DTH and local provincial operator).
An eight-part series, each episode spotlights intriguing places, tastes, sights and sounds waiting to be explored. For insider tips and the best experiences, Anthony taps into the locals as well as a few friends and influential figures including world-renowned chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud, famed nouvelle cuisine chef Paul Bocuse, magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller, and revered poet and award-winning peace activist Javier Sicilia.
In Thailand, Anthony explores Chiang Mai with award-winning chef and author Andy Ricker of Pok Pok restaurant fame. Anthony likens his experience in Northern Thailand to discovering a colour he never knew existed. “The food here is not pad thai or green curry chicken. There are complex layers of flavour, sophisticated balances, spicy, sour, a little bitter, salty, herby. Colour and texture are important. Crispy, soft, cold, hot. It's exactly this interplay between elements that makes Northern Thai food so thrilling and so addictive,” he says.
Anthony’s journey of Punjab begins in Amritsar, where, in his words, much of the good stuff we refer to simply as Indian food comes from. He visits Guru ka Langar – a free vegetarian community kitchen, where the simple philosophy is two-fold: to provide training to the Sikhs in voluntary service, and to eradicate social classifications – all human beings regardless of caste, colour, religion or nationality may sit and eat a delicious meal here.
Over in Lyon, France, Anthony travels with legendary chef Daniel Boulud. Inside the cathedral of nouvelle cuisine that is globally celebrated chef Paul Bocuse’s three-Michelin star L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Anthony and Daniel are treated to a meal of a lifetime – a greatest hits feast looking at Paul’s legendary career. The trip ends with a visit to Daniel’s family farm, where they all get together and prepare some rustic country dishes from the private Boulud cookbook.
Rediscover these and other popular tourist destinations through Anthony’s unique experiences, presented in his inimitable style. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown encores every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday at 9:00 p.m.