Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is an American travel and food show on CNN which premiered on April 14, 2013. In the show, Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser known places and exploring cultures and cuisine.
Part 1: Jerusalem
The host and crew make their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. While the political situation is often tense between the people living in these areas, Bourdain concentrates on their rich history; food and culture; and spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies.
Part 2: Spain
Anthony explores Andaluca during Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter), a time filled with great pageantry and excitement. Featured in this episode is Bourdain’s longtime Director of Photography Zach Zamboni, who lives part-time in Granada and shows the host sights off the beaten path and immerses them in tapas culture.
Part 3: New Mexico
The show takes a close look at the mash-up of cultures that comprise this uniquely American state. Tony and crew sample New Mexico’s food — a combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo and even chuck-wagon influences. New Mexico is also a land of drugs, guns, monster vehicles, and possibly extraterrestrials. It may also be the perfect place to investigate the underside of the Western cowboy ideal.
Part 4: Copenhagen
This episode explores the food and natural beauty of Copenhagen, the economic and cultural center of Denmark. The episode focuses on chef Ren Redzepi and his Michelin two star restaurant, Noma. Noma was ranked as “The Best Restaurant in the World” in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by Restaurant magazine.
Part 5: Sicily
Parts Unknown explores the Sicilian way of life, which puts a premium on savoring family, life, and food. Bourdain travels in search of those foods as he eats his way around the island. He makes his home base at the Villa Monaci, on the outskirts of Catania with his enthusiastic, fast-talking sidekicks who counter the otherwise relaxed tempo and epic “food porn” of this episode.
Part 6: South Africa
Once considered the most dangerous city in the world, Johannesburg now barely makes the top 50. But the end of the apartheid has led to vast changes in the city.
Part 7: Tokyo
Bourdain has traveled to Tokyo countless times, but on this trip he is in search of the city’s dark, extreme, and bizarrely fetishistic underside. Japan is a paradox. The low birthrate, the dedication, the conformity, and the life of a salary man are well known. There is also a competitive and rigid culture that gives way to some unique subcultures. A significant portion of the episode is spent with sushi chef Yasuda.
Part 8: Detroit
Bourdain steps into the lives of Detroit natives and sees the glory days of the past at the famed Packard Plant, the current state of the city’s urban decay, and the promise of the future in the citizens who are rebuilding their communities.