Anthony Bourdain’s critically acclaimed show, Parts Unknown, has been nominated for six Emmy Awards.
Bourdain — who took his own life in June — was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. The celebrity chef not only hosted the CNN series but was also an executive producer.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program. His travel site on CNN.com, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.
The celebrity chef and Kitchen Confidential author was filming an episode for Season 12 of Parts Unknown in France when he committed suicide by hanging. He was 61.
Although Bourdain was open about past drug addiction, no illegal substances were in his system at the time of his death.
When the No Reservations Travel Channel host made the jump to CNN in 2013, he said he was excited to get access to parts of the world, “I never would have been able to go and look at these cultures in either a bigger picture or a more narrow focus as I choose.”
Of shooting his first episode in Myanmar, Bourdain said, “For me, it’s an enormous and beautiful country that very, very few Westerners have seen or visited. It’s been closed off from the rest of the world — a pariah state — for as long as I’ve been alive. Until just a little over a year ago, a Western film crew, if discovered, would have been kicked out of the country.
“We’re really one of the first crews to have gone in and really shown a big slice — not all, but a big slice of a country that a lot of people haven’t seen. It is incredibly gorgeous.”
Bourdain explained the entire premise of Parts Unknown is about “a willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice … they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.”
He did just that for 11 seasons — the finale aired in June with Bourdain and director Darren Aronofsky traveling to Bhutan.
The television personality leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
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