Anthony Bourdain Gets a Nickelodeon Cartoon Makeover
One of our favorite food industry personalities is trying on a new look, and it’s a pretty great one. Today it was announced that Anthony Bourdain, chef and currently host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, will be guest starring on the popular Nickelodeon animated show Sanjay and Craig.
On the show, Bourdain—or rather an animated version of Bourdain—will be playing the part of “Anthony Gourmand,” who is on the hunt for the perfect food as host of the show Foodventurer. According to the New York Post where the news broke, the episode will involve Foodventurer fan Sanjay and his pet snake Craig convincing Gourmand to search for that ultimate food in their hometown. Bourdain discussed the role with the Post, and suffice it to say he’s pretty jazzed:
Bourdain expounded further on the role with Grub Street, discussing his reaction to seeing this new version of himself in action:
This actually isn’t the first time he’s been an actual cartoon of himself, either – in 2011, he appeared on an episode of The Simpsons along with Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali.A year after that he also got more directly involved in the cartoon process by writing the superb dystopian foodie graphic novel Get Jiro! (although he didn't actually appear as a character in that one).
According to reports, the new episode will air early next year. We’re looking forward to seeing how it turns out.