Emmy and Peabody Award winning Anthony Bourdain is back for another season filled with all new destinations, including Hanoi, London, Montana, and Rome. Travel with him across the globe to these incredible locations to uncover the little known, the off-the-road, and seemingly sometimes deceptively familiar, areas of the world.
Part 1: Hanoi
Bourdain joins the throngs of locals as he motorbikes through Vietnam’s capital and indulges in its singular cuisine with president Barack Obama, who, over a dish of Bun Cha, shares personal stories and reflects on his own international travels.
Part 2: Nashville
Bourdain absorbs the tastes, sights and sounds of music city, from chef Josh Habiger’s Catbird Seat and Bolton’s famous hot chicken, to a night of cooking, drinking and rocking out with singer Alison Mosshart, and her bandmates.
Part 3: Sichuan with Eric Ripert
Michelin star chef Eric Ripert is introduced to China and Sichuan province by host and good friend Bourdain who tests his endurance with mouth-numbing, sinisterly spicy meals (like green peppercorn fish).
Part 4: London
Visiting London, post Brexit vote, Bourdain finds comfort in classic British cuisine including roast bone marrow at chef Fergus Henderson’s famed restaurant St. John, and Scotch eggs at Princess Victoria Pub with Nigella Lawson, plus a meeting with revered artist Ralph Steadman at his studio.
Part 5: Huston
Looking beyond oil, NASA, and football, Bourdain explores Houston’s diverse cultures, taking in a Bollywood-style dance in a grocery store, a Quincea?era in suburban Pasadena, and the city’s slab car parade, while making time for Viet-Bayou crawfish, East Texas barbecue, and a Congolese-Cajun stew.
Part 6: Japan with Masa
Guided by world-renowned chef Masa Takayama, Bourdain’s return trip to Japan begins with a tour of outdoor food markets, followed by a conversation with an ex-geisha at her teahouse, and a special omakase experience at Tokyo’s acclaimed Sushi Ko, where Masa trained as an apprentice.
Part 7: Minas Gerais Brazil
Bourdain explores the Brazilian heartland, home to baroque architecture, lush hillsides and mineiro cuisine which includes frango ao molho pardo (broiled chicken served in a sauce made using its own blood), that the host samples during a traditional country meal.
Part 8: Buenos Aries
Bourdain’s trip to meat-centric Buenos Aires features a meal at famous local spot, Don Carlito’s, and an after-hours soccer match.
Part 9: Rome
Bourdain’s Roman holiday takes a cinematic turn, influenced by his tour guides, actress Asia Argento, screenwriter/director Abel Ferrara, and a host of larger than life Romans who take him inside a Rome for the locals.