Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain’s excursion to Newfoundland and Labrador aired last night and now the province is hoping to reap the benefits.
— CNN (@CNN) May 12, 2018
Filmed back in September, the episode of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” is effusive of the province’s food, landscape and traditions.
In the show Bourdain takes part in cod fishing, moose hunting, and axe throwing. He dines on charred whelk, caribou tartare, and even a feed of Jiggs Dinner.
— Gwen Hiscock (@gwenhiscock) May 14, 2018
Its arrival was not without controversy though. An otherwise complimentary tweet from the official Parts Unknown account caused a brief outcry last week after referring to “Newfies”. The tweet was deleted with apologies.
It’s Newfun-land. Get it right, Bourdian.
Oh, and it’s Chafe’s Landing, not Charles Landing. 🙄 #PartsUnknown
— Alexandria Sullivan (@alexandrialoo) May 14, 2018
To the people upset about the Quebec chefs in #PartsUnknown, first stop being so foolish. Second, they are the one’s who kept urging Bourdain to do a show in Newfoundland.
Stop being a tool.
— Steven Davis (@stevendavis) May 14, 2018
Raymond’s Restaurant in St. John’s was featured prominently in last night’s episode. Co-owner Jeremy Bonia was surprised to see the negative tweets. He says the program will do a lot for the province. Bonia says their crew was inthe province for ten days, and that the program is an accurate reflection of who we are.
Still, much of the reaction to the show has been positive across the province. It is hoped that the show will raise the province’s tourism profile, particularly in the US.
Thanks @Bourdain for showcasing our amazing province to the 🌎 We are a proud/resilient people. Many struggled to get us to the #NewfoundlandandLabrador that we enjoy today! #PartsUnknown To quote JC, “you know the Newfoundlanders in heaven, they’re the ones who want to go home.”
— Kevin Guest (@kevinjguest) May 14, 2018
@VOCMNEWS @VOCMOpenline Watching Anthony Bourdain in #PartsUnknown about Newfoundland. Did anyone see the guy filleting the fish. He means to throw the skin over the wharf but the wind blows it straight back in the bucket. What a shot. pic.twitter.com/AbZ7kq6a9k
— Robert Norman (@robnormanphoto) May 14, 2018