The final season of 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' will premiere this fall

It has been just over a month since the celebrated chef and storyteller Anthony Bourdain died by suicide, which shook the culinary community and his many fans around the globe.

This fall, Bourdain will appear in the final season of his Emmy Award-winning show "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," but his narration (a signature feature of the popular series) will only be featured in one episode.

On Wednesday, CNN confirmed to TODAY Food that "there will be a new, seven-episode season of 'Parts Unknown' premiering in fall 2018, which includes one episode with Bourdain's narration — Kenya with W. Kamau Bell [who hosts the network's "United Shades of America"] (title TBA)."

"The Kenya episode will be produced in the same format as all of the previous episodes of 'Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown'," a spokesperson for CNN told TODAY Food.

That episode was the only one completed before Bourdain's death in June. In addition to narrating the episode, "Bourdain will be seen in the entire episode along with guest W. Kamau Bell," the rep added. "We don't yet have further details about the Kenya episode (specific locations, food, other guests)."

Bell posted on Instagram on June 8 after learning of Bourdain's death: "But even before today's tragic news. I felt lucky to have spent so much time with him. I feel so proud to have been able to have worked him."

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When it comes to food, looks aren't everything

Sure, he’s eaten at some of the world’s finest restaurants, where plating is everything (one of his top spots was Per Se in New York—tapioca “sabayon” with oysters and caviar, anyone?), but Anthony Bourdain was no snob when it came to appearance. As he told Food & Wine, “some of the most inherently delicious food has been pickled, butchered, braised, stewed, and/or charred in a way that maximizes flavor, visual appeal be damned.”

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Don't be afraid to try something new

“Good food and good eating are about risk,” Bourdain wrote in his bestseller Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Through his TV travel adventures, the chef has eaten everything from a beating cobra heart to a raw seal eyeball, which he claimed were similar to an oyster and “not bad,” respectively. For viewers at home, the take-home message is: You won’t know if you don’t try. While raw organs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, Bourdain encourages fans to open their minds to new foodie experiences—but you can always start with switching up the cheese on your turkey sandwich.

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Never order fish on Mondays -- until now

Even before writing Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain shocked the world with his breakout 1999 New Yorker essay revealing behind-the-scenes trade secrets from chefs. One of his most surprising: Seafood dishes usually aren’t very fresh on Mondays, when the fish is usually leftovers ordered for the weekend crowd. Restaurant goers followed the advice for years, but fast-forward 17 years and Bourdain changed his tune. “It's almost two decades later. Things have changed,” he told Business Insider, lamenting on the fact that it's still one of his most often-quoted tips. These are other foods chefs never order in restaurants.

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Typical "foodie" destinations don't have the only great eats

Rome? Been there. Paris? Done that. With his CNN show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown the chef sampled local cuisine off the beaten path, bringing overlooked cities and countries to the public eye. Vicariously joining the chef on his journeys, viewers got to experience the cultures of Trinidad, Tanzania, Borneo, and countless others.

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How to spot the best local eats

Tourists always want to feel in-the-know about the best a city has to offer—but Bourdain knew not to just scan Yelp and call it a day. He told Bon Appétit to keep an eye out for long lines and non-touristy signs. “If a place is crowded, but the people lining up are not local, that’s a clue—a bad clue,” he said. “If it doesn’t have signs in English, it’s almost always worth investigating. I look to see if locals are willing to inconvenience themselves and wait in line for a long time to get something that only costs $1.50, especially if it’s a mixed bag of different incomes.” Don't miss these other 24 things restaurant owners wish they could tell you.

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Get cozy with the locals

Restaurant food might seem like the safer bet in foreign countries, but Bourdain wouldn’t shy away from a home cooked meal for a more authentic experience. “Generally speaking, there are countries where total strangers will invite you into their homes,” he told Bon Appétit. “In Tehran, just by virtue of being an American, you will probably be invited to dinner. I’d say, just be open. Don’t be afraid.”

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"Cheap, good food" isn't a paradox

One of Bourdain’s top spots was a hot dog joint of all places. At now-closed Hot Doug’s in Chicago, surprisingly affordable foie gras dogs were served up in paper trays. “It's proof that food doesn't have to be expensive to be great,” Bourdain said about it in Men’s Health.
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Quit demonizing butter

The health-conscious side of you might gasp in horror at a butter-soaked meal, but Bourdain unapologetically proclaimed you’ll find almost a full stick worth of butter in the best restaurant meals. “In the world of chefs … butter is in everything,” he wrote. Unless you want to give up pasta (yes, the noodles themselves), sauces, meat, and fish, you’ll have to give in to the fact that you’ll be consuming a whole lot of butter. Check out 57 more secrets restaurant servers won't tell you.

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Fresh is worth the extra effort

Bourdain was all about going fresh well before farm-to-table became a craze. In Kitchen Confidential, he scorned the idea of using jarred garlic in place of fresh cloves. “Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic,” he wrote. Some shortcuts just aren't worth it.

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Brunch isn't a real meal

Brunch might be a good excuse to day drink with mimosas, but Bourdain would not have been impressed with avocado toast. “[Dedicated cooks] despise hollandaise, home fries, those pathetic fruit garnishes, and all the other cliché accompaniments designed to induce a credulous public into paying $12.95 for two eggs,” he wrote in The New Yorker. “You can dress brunch up with all the focaccia, smoked salmon, and caviar in the world, but it’s still breakfast.” Don't miss these 10 things chefs never, ever order at brunch.

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No amount of restaurant food can replace home cooking

Not everyone will grow up to be a culinary genius like Bourdain, but he did wish young adults would stop relying on takeout and instant ramen. “I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own [butt], cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money,” he wrote in Medium Raw.

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It's not all about what's on your plate

Not only did Bourdain have a deep appreciation for good food (to say the least), but he also understood the power of sharing a meal. In Vietnam and Mexico, for instance, the amount of time it takes just to pull a meal together is a strong bonding experience in and of itself, he wrote in A Cook’s Tour. “Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me,” he wrote. “The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.”

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Keep it simple

There’s something exciting about tasting exotic ingredients or a creative take on classic dishes, but Bourdain never claimed that food needs to be complex be worth eating. “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food,” he wrote in Kitchen Confidential. Learn the 8 things celebrity chefs look for in a restaurant.

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Amy Entelis, the executive vice president of talent and content at CNN who launched "Parts Unknown" in 2013, told the LA Times some additional details about the forthcoming episodes.

"Four other [episodes] set in Manhattan's Lower East Side — in addition to the Big Bend area of Texas along the border of Mexico, the Asturias region of Spain and Indonesia — will be completed by the directors who filmed them for Bourdain's Zero Point Zero production company," Entelis said.

The episodes will include audio of Bourdain that was taped while shooting on location, as well as follow-up interviews with guests.

"Each one will feel slightly different depending on what's gathered in the field," Entelis said. "They will have the full presence of Tony because you'll see him, you'll hear him, you'll watch him. That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes ... We don't want to start putting things together that weren't meant to be."

The penultimate episode will discuss "how Tony affected the world," Entelis said. It will include outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the show's cast and crew.

"What Tony did was inimitable," she said.

The premiere date for the final season of "Parts Unknown" will be announced in the coming weeks.

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