CNN has announced it has launched a new digital venture inspired by Emmy-winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown which allows users to recreate the chef’s journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he’s encountered.
Explore Parts Unknown is an editorial partnership between CNN and Roads & Kingdoms (an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture based in New York and Barcelona), and features the following:
- Exclusive videos: the site will launch with a seven-episode digital series called Catalunya: The Return featuring Bourdain’s road trip across Spain.
- First-person notes from Bourdain’s travels.
- Time-stamped blueprints for a perfect 12 hours in a given destination, including notes on restaurants, bars and random detours.
- Hotel bar diaries from Bourdain’s jounreys around the world.
- Recipes of dishes from episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown with accompanying articles that gives context to the dishes, their origins and importance.
- Fact sheets that allow you to travel like Bourdain with local lingo, travel tips, and restaurant recommendations.
The site will launch with destinations including Hanoi, Las Vegas, Koreatown (LA), Manila, Buenos Aires, London, Punjab, Montana, The Greek Islands, Senegal, Madagascar, Istanbul, New Jersey, Colombia, and South Korea. New destinations will roll out weekly with original content.
Commenting on the new venture, Bourdain said: “Explore Parts Unknown is the next step – a logical step, and a deeply enjoyable one for me – in collaboration with CNN and Roads & Kingdoms.
“I’m not a journalist, and never claimed to be one. I’m an essayist and storyteller. But the people at Roads & Kingdoms are journalists, and very good ones. This venture serves my insatiable curiosity and gives us the opportunity to go further off the beaten path, tell more stories, enrich and elaborate on existing ones, and go deeper into the locations that I travel to for the TV series.”