Anthony Bourdain’s Armenia Episode to Air on May 20 on CNN

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"Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown" episode shot in Armenia to air on CNN on May 20

“Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown” episode shot in Armenia to air on CNN on May 20

CNN announced Monday that the episode of its original series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” that was shot in Armenia and Artsakh will air on May 20 on the cable network.

Bourdain traveled to Armenia in October and as a press statement from the network states, “takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country.”

Among other features, the episode will show Bourdain breaking bread with musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and a restaurant in downtown Yerevan. as well as during dinners with locals, the host explores the native and Diaspora Armenian populations’ survival and achievements against the odds.

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)

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 has Bourdain traveling to unexpected locations and indulging in those regions’ local culinary traditions.

When in Armenia, Bourdain posted a picture to his social media account of his cameraman, Jerry Risius, boarding a Russian helicopter, likely to make a journey to Artsakh, where he has been featured in pictures across social media.

Following his trip to Artsakh, the Azerbaijani government place Bourdain on its now infamous “black list” of people visiting Artsakh. He now joins a slew of entertainers, lawmakers, diplomats and some ordinary citizens that have been banned from Azerbaijan.

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  1. Victoria Markarian said:

    Hooray! We’ve been waiting forever for the Armenia & Artsakh episode to air. Thanks, Anthony, for making the trip. And congratulations on making the “banned in Azerbaijan” list. That’s a badge of honor.

  2. Gayane said:

    Hello, looking forward to watch it. I am in the episode for the Gyumri part. #VisitGyumri #VisitArmeniaTours

  3. Shoushan said:

    Thanks Anthony. It’s allot more fun to be on the blacklist.

  4. Beth Crawford said:

    My family is so excited for this episode! Thanks you for going, Anthony. I’m sure you already know how special the food, people, and culture are. Can’t wait!

  5. Mélanie kouyoumdjian said:

    Merci Anthony. J’adore vos émissions je ne les rate jamais. J’ai même votre livre de cuisine les halles cookbook que j’adore. Je suis impatiente de voir comment vous trouverez mon pays, mon peuple et notre nourriture.

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