Why Anthony Bourdain Won't Film in North Korea
"Don't you think that would be in kind of bad taste?"
Anthony Bourdain will go just about anywhere and do just about anything to help bring his viewers and fans a taste of global cuisine. But in a recent interview with TMZ, Bourdain revealed the one place he’ll never visit: North Korea.
"There's nothing they're going to let you see in North Korea," Bourdain told a TMZ videographer as he waited to cross the street at the Los Angeles airport. "Most of the population are starving. Don't you think that would be in kind of bad taste?"
Bourdain, when told that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is a “foodie,” quickly replied, "He's a chubby little evil fuck. Nobody else eats.”
And while Bourdain made it clear he has no plans to visit the nation now, that wasn’t always the case. In 2013 while appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s "The Situation Room," Bourdain told Blitzer he thought visiting North Korea for his show was “inevitable.”
“I have kind of low expectations for food scenes there,” he said. “I’ll certainly be taking a look at it, if I can get in and if there’s any expectation of a story to tell and a few meals to have I’d love to go.”
Blitzer replied that he ate “very well” when he visited the nation himself.
Now, however, when asked by TMZ what he’d serve if he catered a meal between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, Bourdain replied simply and casually: “hemlock.”
This story originally appeared on Travel & Leisure