Anthony Bourdain On The Most Dangerous Places He's Been
Published in Jan 2021 / Updated in Aug 2021
While filming episodes of Parts Unknown, Bourdain certainly went to many places a lot of people would rather leave off their travel itineraries. The culinary daredevil visited places such as Libya, Gaza, and the Congo.
The celebrity chef did not back down from any challenge that came his way. That is why he often ventured into places television crews avoided.
Surprisingly, even though he went into many politically unstable parts of the world, Bourdain described his visit to Nashville as the most extreme after he sampled the Nashville hot chicken.
"I eat many strange and spicy things around the world, but never in my life have I experienced something like [Nashville hot chicken]. The spicy version: Is it food? Or an initiation ritual for Yankees?"
For a man who had practically tried everything, including seal eyes and a warthog anus, this dish must have had quite an impact on him to get this description.
However, it was a well-known fact that he drew the line at eating cat and dog meat.
Bourdain was more than a journalist because he went a step further in order to tell a truly amazing story.
He was the quintessential unintentional journalist because he was the greatest fan of what he did. The talented show host wanted his fans to feel like they were there sharing in the experiences he was going through, and they certainly did.
It wasn’t all about food either. As he once said, sometimes you have to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
For instance, he once asked his host about the “Death to Arabs” graffiti on his house.
When asked about the most dangerous TV shoot he has ever done, Bourdain gives that credit to the Libyan episode.
Apparently, “Libya got bad quickly.” On their second day of shooting, they were woken up in the middle of the night by security advisors and told to pack up and get their passports:
“We couldn't shoot anywhere more than 20 minutes safely. Anyone with a cell phone was a problem...”
Apparently, even getting to the airport and leaving Libya was in itself quite an accomplishment.
Ironically, even after this life-threatening experience, Bourdain felt that he had not reached his limits. He still believed there were more food-on-the-front-lines shows worth a try.
He talked about filming in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Venezuela. It's hard to believe this is the same man who considered Nashville hot chicken his most daring experience, isn’t it?