NB: The original airing of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was pre-empted due to CNN’s coverage of the terrorist attack in London on Sunday 18th. The episode will now air on Sunday 25 June at 9pm ET.
Early this year — the 4th of January, to be exact — social media, and then traditional media, was abuzz with news that Anthony Bourdain was in Trinidad. Speculation grew that he might be in Trinidad to film season nine of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The new season starts Sunday, 30 April at 9pm ET/PT. The Trinidad episode airs on 18 June.
From Bourdain’s own teaser Instagram photos — first in his hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, and then by the infinity pool at one the Villas at Stonehaven — to a photo with Kees Dieffenthaller, posted to the official Kes the Band IG account.
Anthony Bourdain at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Anthony Bourdain at the Villas at Stonehaven, Tobago
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Kees Dieffenthaller with Anthony Bourdain in Trinidad
What to expect from the Trinidad episode?
But it doesn’t sound like Trinidad & Tobago was able to seduce Bourdain with good times and good food, as the synopsis for the episode hints:
Trinidad (airdate 18 June) A trip to the Caribbean uncovers how the island of Trinidad has turned a history of colonialism and slavery into a non-stop celebration of multicultural food, music and good times. Bourdain visits Port of Spain, a vibrant city of African, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern influence, where he dines on curried duck, doubles (floppy Indian bread topped with curry chickpeas, mango) and fish in tahini sauce with Trinidadians of contrasting cultures. While the Carnival lifestyle revolves around liming (hanging out) and whining (dancing), Bourdain questions the extent to which this non-stop bacchanal distracts residents from the the country’s growing list of social ills.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef and best-selling author as he travels the globe to uncover the little-known, off-the-road, and sometimes seemingly-familiar areas of the world in a celebration of their diverse foods and culture. Click here for the season nine trailer.
Parts Unknown enthusiasts can recreate Bourdain’s journeys and find archived material from past seasons via the newly launched site Explore Parts Unknown. Original stories, recipes, perfect day destinations, hotel bar diaries, premium photography, engaging interactives, and digital-exclusive video are featured. New destinations will roll out every week.