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