Anthony Bourdain Visits The Bronx for “Parts Unknown”
Bourdain gets schooled on the Old School.
International man of eateries Anthony Bourdain continues his food-based travels with his latest project Parts Unknown on CNN. Since the show’s premiere in 2013, the renowned chef has visited lands as far as Shanghai and as controversial as the West Bank and Gaza. Still, no episode has piqued the streets’ interest quite like this past Sunday’s airing where Señor Bourdain visited the infamous Bronx. The unprecedented stop featured hip hop-centric meetings with sonic pioneers like Kool Herc, Melle Mel, and Afrika Bambaataa, along with an authentic rooftop “benching” session with graffiti legend Futura 2000, where the two discussed the legacy of the art form and its train bombing roots.
Other notable cameos in the episode include rhymes from Grandmaster Caz and Armageddon (Terror Squad), moves from b-boy Pop Master Fabel, a White Castle sit-down with punk rock lead Richard Manitoba, aka “Handsome Dick” of The Dictators, and even some b-roll of a passing Cope 2 fill on a delivery truck. How’s that for variety? Bourdain also links up with local culinary mogul Baron Ambrosia of notable Bronx television fame, and the two hit a Puertorican cuchifrito spot that’ll make pork lovers pass out. Top that with a tour of some authentic Jamaican food establishments, a root tonic maker, and even a visit to the Cape Cod of the Bronx—City Island—and Parts Unknown: The Bronx really gives the commonly under-appreciated borough its just due.
Viewers can check out the episode’s trailer along with extras here.