Anthony Bourdain inspired a world of avid travellers with his endless curiosity and empathy as he crossed the planet seeking out the stories of people and the food they eat. After his recent and untimely death of an apparent suicide, people around the world have been expressing their grief at the loss.
But US fans who want to revisit his incredible work will have a chance to do so on Netflix, after the streaming service extended an agreement to keep his popular show Parts Unknown online for “months to come”. Netflix released a statement noting that some fans had noticed that the show was scheduled to come off Netflix US on 16 June, which prompted the company to keep it on in the wake of his passing.
The 61-year-old chef had been filming for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN at his time of death. Season 11 of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning series began to air this year on 29 April. In this season he visits West Virginia, Uruguay, Newfoundland, Armenia, Hong Kong, Berlin, Louisiana and Bhutan.
The show, which premiered in 2013, was a go-to for many travellers looking for inspiration for their next trip. Bourdain, well-known as a chef, became a travel icon for his cool and candid attitude as he sought out compelling places and stories. The writer and creator of The Wire, David Simon, wrote a tribute to Bourdain, describing his incredible wit, but also his “almost unlimited capacity for empathy, for feeling the lives and loves and hopes of others. He listened as few listen”.
Read more of the many tributes to Bourdain here.