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Latest Crop of Celebrity Chefs Up the Travel Danger Quotient

Ever since Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” showed that sometimes-dangerous destinations combined with exotic foods could be an Emmy-winning combination, nets have been eager to let chefs guide viewers on adventurous journeys. The latest is Travel Channel’s “Breaking Borders,” which premieres March 15.

Breaking Borders (Travel Channel)

Chef: Michael Voltaggio (Ink, Los Angeles)

Premise: The “Top Chef” winner teams with co-host Mariana van Zeller to host a dinner for residents of global hot spots like Palestine, Cambodia and Egypt, who debate their differences over delicious meals.

Strange edibles: tarantula

Scary moment: Getting arrested in Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Avec Eric (Cooking Channel)

Chef: Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin, New York)

Premise: The “Top Chef” judge jumps from PBS to Cooking Channel with a more action-packed edition of his earlier show, travelling to Australia, South Korea and more.

Strange edibles: crocodile tail

Scary moment:  Picking daikon near North Korean border

Huang’s World (Vice.com/Munchies)

Chef: Eddie Huang (Baohaus, New York)

Premise: The “Fresh Off the Boat” author travels around the U.S., Asia and Russia chatting up locals with a more gonzo approach than the typical cable show.

Strange edibles: sheep eyeballs, brain sandwiches (in L.A.’s Westwood Village)

Scary moment: Cooking lamb from a Mongolian market lacking refrigeration or basic sanitation

 

 

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