CNN announced that the final episodes of the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain‘s popular show Parts Unknown would air from September 23rd beginning with Bourdain’s trip to Kenya with United States of America host W. Kamau Bell.
Bourdain was found dead in June as Series 12 of the show was in production in France, reportedly having committed suicide.
Many fell in love with Bourdain’s show for its ability to fuse aspects of travel and culinary experiences across the world.
“In Nairobi, they talk to locals about the country’s growth and economic challenges, as well as the continual fight for identity and self-definition of Kenyans. Bourdain and Bell also take a Matatu party bus ride, share a meal of goat’s head soup and visit a boxing academy devoted to teaching young women, and promoting female empowerment.
“Leaving Nairobi the pair travel to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and visit with a Maasai community actively engaged in conservation. Through the eyes of Bourdain and Bell, and their first experiences with this highly dynamic deeply, soulful and beautiful country we ask, what will a future Kenya… for Kenyans…. by Kenyans…look like?” a CNN description for the Kenya episode reads in part.
A trailer released for the final episodes featured glimpses of the Bourdain at Lewa and admiring the Kenyan landscape from the edge of a cliff.
“We believed early on that Parts Unknown would be an exceptional series with an incomparable host and stellar production team.
“We are grateful to have collaborated with such an incredibly talented friend and colleague whose prolific body of work and extraordinary personality touched so many,” stated Amy Entelis, executive vice president, talent and content development, CNN Worldwide.
In the final episodes, Bourdain goes to Kenya, Asturias, Spain, Indonesia, West Texas, and New York City’s Lower East Side.
CNN also confirmed that two unnamed specials would be released.