No Reservations host and chef Anthony Bourdain, known for traveling to exotic locales and engaging in the local culinary customs, will be joining CNN early next year for a show focusing on food and travel similar to his Travel Channel show, the network announced .
Bourdain, most closely associated with the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, will also offer commentary across CNN programming.
For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism, said CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor Mark Whittaker in a statement. Examining the world through the prism of Tony's unique expertise and passions continues CNN's long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.
Bourdain, the chef-at-large at famed bistro Les Halles in New York City who also wrote the bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, is excited about his new venture.
I'm really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me, he said in a statement. I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what's coming down the road.
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CNN said the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals, a program similar to No Reservations.
The new CNN show, which does not yet have a name, will be produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, the same company used to film No Reservations.
Bourdain took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the new show as well as express his hope that CNN will allow him to travel to countries he's never been to before on the Travel Channel.
Moving with same ZPZ [Zero Point Zero Productions] crew over to CNN to do another world travel show. Congo? Libya? Finally?, Bourdain tweeted.
No Reservations is currently in its seventh season on the Travel Channel. The show has earned five Emmy nominations and won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.