On April 24, the new season of Anthony Bourdain’s "Parts Unknown" will take fans on another whirlwind trip around the world.
According to the trailer, Bourdain will spend season seven of the popular CNN series in Germany, Senegal, the Philippines, Montana, Greece, Chicago, among other destinations. Since the series debuted in 2013, Bourdain and the Parts Unknown team have fit in two seasons a year, in the spring and fall.
In an interview with Conde Nant Traveler, Bourdain explained how he wants to broadcast his experiences in the most authentic way possible.
"I honestly want you to feel about the place the way I felt when I was there," he said.
During certain episodes of the show, this honesty has led to candid conversations in which he wanted “to acknowledge the elephant in the room.” When he visited West Bank, he asked his host about the “Death to Arabs” graffiti written on the residence. Although he stated feeling "heartbroken and confused" during his time in Tehran, Bourdain also said he and his team had never treated better as Americans overseas.
"They were like, 'We're so happy you’re here! Come to our home, we’ll feed you," Bourdain recalled of the trip.
The most dangerous episode of the show took place in Libya in season one, during which the safety of everyone involved in the show was a constant concern.
"We couldn't shoot anywhere more than 20 minutes safely," he explained. "We [ultimately] hired this young, adorable militia [for additional security]. Just getting me to the airport and out of the country was an accomplishment."
The acclaimed chef stated that he hopes to visit Venezuela and Yemen, countries which are known for internal conflicts, in the not-too-distant future.
"If we haven’t been there, it’s for security reasons,” he explained. "Northern Afghanistan, the tribal areas—I'd very much like to shoot there."
Despite his accomplishments, Bourdain remains humble and grateful for the experiences his career has bestowed upon him as a chef, author, and television personality.
"It’s pretty damn awesome for a guy for whom brunch shift is a pretty recent memory," he told A&E’s Biography.