Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Superstar chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life last Friday, sending a shockwave through the food world and leaving his family, friends, and fans to mourn him. But fans and newcomers alike will be able to spend more time with Bourdain through their devices, because Netflix has announced that the streaming service has extended their agreement to keep Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on the streaming platform “for months”.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Will Stay on Netflix

We’re not sure exactly how long Bourdain’s travel series will be available on Netflix, but the streaming service was able to push the planned expiration date of June 16 back for at least a couple of months, giving more people time to catch up with the chef/TV personality’s excellent travel series.

Bourdain has already been eloquently eulogized all over the internet, but I wanted to take a minute to pay my respects as well. The chef-turned-bestselling-author had worked on a variety of different TV shows over the years, but Parts Unknown was my introduction to his brand of storytelling, and I’ve been an avid watcher since it debuted in 2013.

Bourdain

For the past five years, my wife and I welcomed him into our home each week as he took us on a tour of the world. From far-flung places like Borneo and Istanbul to our backyard of Los Angeles, Bourdain crafted compelling, funny, and often profound episodes of television that highlighted a wide variety of different cultures. His voice was unmistakable: sharp, loud, and brash, but also smart, welcoming, and informative. But perhaps most importantly, Bourdain was genuinely curious about the people and cultures he visited (and the foods they ate). He never looked down on anyone, and though he made his name as a high-level chef, he seemed equally pleased eating street food or at a little hole-in-the-wall as he did yukking it up with fellow chefs in some of the world’s best restaurants.

Parts Unknown helped inspire me to want to travel more and seek out places, foods, and even people I may have otherwise ignored. It’s also full of terrific cinematography, which helped inspire and shape some of the travel videos I’ve made over the past few years. And it’s kind of weird to say now, but the fact that Bourdain was a former addict was a key part of his personality; he felt like a survivor, someone who had stepped into hell and come out the other side dinged up, but never totally broken. I’m heartbroken that his voice has been snuffed out.

If you’re not familiar with Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of the show’s easy availability and checking it out. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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