Anthony Bourdain Gears Up for Nashville Visit and Debuts New PBS Show



If you're a Nashville foodie, you're probably well aware that Tony Bourdain is coming to town with his traveling "Guts and Glory" roadshow at TPAC this Saturday, Nov. 3. (I talked to Bourdain as part of a media conference call last week for an upcoming piece in this week's print edition of the Scene, so I call him "Tony" now.) Despite the rapacious, occasionally prurient, interest of many Nashvillians about his visit, surprisingly, tickets are still available at the TPAC website.

This leg of his tour will take him through several Southern cities including Birmingham and Memphis, and some he has never visited, like Music City. He is excited about his first trip to our fair burg, and possibly even more excited than we are about Chef Sean Brock's recent announcement that he is returning to town. "There are a number of places that I've never been that I'm shamefully ignorant of," Bourdain shared on the call. "I've never been to Nashville and I'm looking forward to learning more."

If that's not enough Bourdain for you, the series finale of No Reservations will air on Nov. 5, and the second season of The Layover kicks off on Nov. 19, both on Travel Channel. In between those two, PBS will premiere a new series titled The Mind of a Chef, which will showcase many different cooks, but with a focus on Bourdain and David Chang, the mastermind behind several brilliant restaurants and Lucky Peach food journal. Bourdain is also developing a cooking-based competition/reality show for ABC, so don't be too sad about the demise of No Reservations after eight seasons.

Just to whet your appetite, here's the teaser trailer for The Mind of a Chef:

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