CNN’s highest rated new series, Parts Unknown, took home two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last night. The show, which premiered in April, follows Bourdain as he travels to little-known pockets of the globe to explore those cultures’ food and dining rituals.
Parts Unknown Directors of Photography Todd Liebler, Zach Zamboni, and Morgan Fallon won for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming. The show also won the award for Outstanding Informational Series Or Special. Sunday night was huge for Anthony and his crew: while they were raking in the Emmy wins, season two of Parts Unknown premiered with the episode “Jerusalem.”
The show is being produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, a company that has been making programs with Bourdain for more than a decade. The company is also responsible for No Reservations, The Layover, and A Cooks Tour. Needless to say, Zero Point Zero and Bourdain make a killer team.
Parts Unknown wasn’t the only food show to take home a Creative Arts Emmy award. MasterChef won for Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series, and a Bravo’s online series Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen took home an award in the Multiplatform Storytelling category.
It seems that food shows are gaining recognition for being avant-garde and pushing the boundaries of television. Just look at Cookin’ With Coolio—now that’s a series that surely deserves an Emmy.