In 2012, after filming nine seasons of No Reservations and winning two Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain decided to leave his longtime home at the Travel Channel and chart new ground at CNN.
"There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven’t been able to,” the chef told Adweek at the time. “And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable.”
Well, it looks like Bourdain made the right decision. Since premiering on CNN in 2013, Parts Unknown has won an Emmy every year for its work exploring the intersection of food, history, culture, and politics. On Sunday, at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the show continued its winning streak, taking home a trophy in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category for the fourth year in a row.
Produced by Bourdain’s longtime collaborators at Zero Point Zero, Parts Unknown was also nominated in four other categories, including writing, cinematography, sound editing, and sound mixing. The chef revealed the good news in an Instagram post Sunday night, celebrating with a glass of champagne. No caption was needed.
In the upcoming season of Parts Unknown, President Barack Obama joins Bourdain in Vietnam to sample the local fare and share a few beers. The new batch of episodes begins September 25 on CNN.