NEW YORK - Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is slated to host a new weekend show next year on CNN.
Bourdain, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, has previously hosted shows on the Travel Channel and the Food Network. He also appeared on the Bravo reality TV competition, “Top Chef.”
His CNN show, which will feature the dining traditions of cultures from around the world, will air on Sunday nights in prime time and be repeated on Saturday nights. The show represents a departure for CNN in both content and procedure. CNN usually does its programming in-house, but in this case, Zero Point Zero Productions, an outside production company tied to Bourdain, will make the series.
Bourdain, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, drew upon his Hudson Valley ties when he profiled the area on his popular Travel Channel series, “No Reservations.” During the 2010 episode he visited his alma mater with his classmate and fellow chef, Michael Ruhlman. The two also explored the grounds and had tea at the famed Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Bourdain's final stop during his Hudson Valley tour was X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, Peter Kelly’s waterfront restaurant in Yonkers, where he shared a meal with actor Bill Murray, a Rockland County resident.