Foodies worldwide were in deep sorrow when they lost the smart and thoughtful Anthony Bourdain. There was no chef like him: he could make you think, touch your heart, give you amazing recipes, and charm you with his endless wit.
The shows he made still touch the hearts of many people many years later. That is why life changed so much for so many after he took his life at the age of 61.
Nobody can fill his shoes, and his place in our hearts will never belong to another. Gordon Ramsay gave it a shot, but those who knew Bourdain know better: the legend was irreplaceable.
Fortunately, to help console our hearts, he left us some episodes of Parts Unknown. These are a fitting tribute to the hero he was to so many people around the world.
Special 'Parts Unknown' Episodes
On CNN are still several unaired episodes of Parts Unknown. There is even an episode featuring his journey to Kenya, which is the last episode in the series to feature his unforgettable narration.
In this episode of the show, he is with W. Kamau Bell, who hosts CNN's United Shades of America.
The show also features his trips to Indonesia, Spain, and even Manhattan's Lower East Side. But for these episodes, the directors use interviews and snippets from Bourdain's on-location audio to tie the episodes together.
Amy Entelis, CNN executive, helped make Parts Unknown a reality. This is what he had to say about the episodes:
Each one will feel slightly different depending on what's gathered in the field.
They will have the full presence of Tony because you'll see him, you'll hear him, you'll watch him.
That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.
The Final Episode Of The Show Will Be Very Special
This final episode of Parts Unknown will consist of behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, and some words from the cast and crew.
It will be a special dedication to Bourdain, and comments from colleagues, followers, and friends will also be included. They will be reflecting on "how Tony affected the world."
According to Entelis, people's reactions were truly touching. Some admit to being fearful of travel until they saw Bourdain and how easy he made travel seem.
An addict also admits: "I was an addict, and I connected with Tony, and now I'm fine."
Then there were those who were angry that Bourdain was not in the world anymore.
Bourdain lost his life while on the road. He was shooting an episode of Parts Unknown, a brilliant show that launched in 2013.
The show won five Emmys, and it has received many more since he died. The final episode of Parts Unknown will air alongside five other episodes made in Bourdain's signature style.