Anthony Bourdain has been traveling the world in front of a camera for 17 years and in that time, he’s featured a lot of sidekicks and partners-in-crime on his various shows. However, since kicking off his television career with A Cook’s Tour in 2000, certain individuals have appeared on the show more than others, acting as both instigators and foils for Bourdain. Here are the seven people Anthony Bourdain has traveled with most.
Philippe Lajaunie (3 Appearances)
If there’s one person that should be held responsible for what Bourdain has become, it’s his former boss—former Les Halles owner Philippe Lajaunie. Years before Bourdain became a TV star, Lajaunie sent his then-chef to Tokyo to help open a restaurant. It was Bourdain’s first proper trip out of the U.S. and it sparked his wanderlust. So far, Lajaunie has made three appearances on Bourdain's shows, most recently in the "Myanmar" episode of Parts Unknown. While Bourdain prefers to take in a new locale by walking in silence and absorbing what’s around him, Lajaunie prefers to chat up locals—even when he doesn't speak the language.
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Appears in “Vietnam: No Place Like Home” (No Reservations), “Into The Fire” (No Reservations), “Myanmar” (Parts Unknown)