CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Travels Armenia and Artsakh Filming for ‘Parts Unknown’

Anthony Bourdain enjoys a meal in Shushi, Artsakh
Anthony Bourdain enjoys a meal in Shushi, Artsakh

Anthony Bourdain enjoys a meal in Shushi, Artsakh

SHUSHI (Armenian Weekly)— American food icon Anthony Bourdain posted a picture to his social media account on Tuesday night of his cameraman, Jerry Risius, boarding a Russian helicopter, likely to make the journey from Armenia to Artsakh, where he has been featured in pictures across social media.

Bourdain's Instagram post en route to Artsakh

Bourdain’s Instagram post en route to Artsakh

According to a report by ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan, Bourdain is traveling with a film crew to produce a segment on the region for his CNN television show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” In Shushi, Artsakh, an interview and lunch were held at the Jdrduz canyon, where Bourdain “enjoyed a spread of ‘jingalov hats,’ ‘shila,’ ‘khorovatz,’ homemade Armenian yogurt, and mulberry and cornelian cherry vodka.”

Anthony Bourdain (left) and ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan (Photo: ANI Armenian Research Center)

Anthony Bourdain (left) and ANI Armenian Research Center editor Tatul Hakobyan (Photo: ANI Armenian Research Center)

A short video also appeared two days prior on the social media feed of local nonprofit ONEArmenia, where Bourdain is featured with Armenian comedy duo and stars of the television show Armcomedy, Narek Margaryan and Sergey Sargsyan, touting the name “Spyurk Report.”

Anthony Bourdain with locals in Artsakh (Photo by Saro Saryan)

Anthony Bourdain with locals in Artsakh (Photo by Saro Saryan)

Described by The New Yorker as a “swaggering chef,” Bourdain has built an empire around food, which started with his New York Times best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). Today, he is well-known as a TV personality, and has starred in shows on Food Network and his Travel Channel show “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which saw Bourdain travel to unexpected locations, indulging in region’s the local culinary traditions.

In “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser known places and exploring cultures and cuisine. The show has won five Emmy Awards, as well as a 2013 Peabody Award.

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  1. Armen T. said:

    Keep up the good work Mr. Britain. Armenians love you and are fans of your show.

  2. H.C. said:

    We cannot exagerate the importance of this event, with regard to the international recognition of Artsakh.

    A big thank you to Anthony Bourdain. He is truly taking a stand, here.

    (The fact that he and his crew went to Artsak by air, in a Russian helicopter, is also very significant… )

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