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The television show A Cook

Food Network
2 Seasons, 39 Episodes - Canceled
January 8, 2002
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  • Bangkok, Thailand - A spontaneous layover in Bangkok leads Tony into the city, where he tries strange meals of deep fried frog skins and pla rah - a fish paste that has fermented for three months to a year.

  • Kansas City, KS Houston, TX NC - Which style of BBQ reigns supreme - Kansas City, Houston or North Carolina? Tony journeys to all three, judging the secrets behind sauces, wood pits, and slow smokers.

  • Hanoi, Vietnam - Tony returns to his beloved Vietnam to visit his friend, Linh, for the Vietnamese lunar New Year holiday, Tet. Together, the friends enjoy the holiday and indulge in all the exotic delicacies Vietnamese culture offers.

  • Chaing Mai, Thailand - Jumping into a Thai tuk tuk taxi, Tony attempts to soak up Thai culture and get lost in the cuisine of Chaing Mai.

  • Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne boasts hard-living, good-natured and eccentric food-lovers - Tonys kind of people. In search of the outlaws of food, Tony explores a pasteurization-free cheese factory and an old-world cured jamon workshop.

  • Singapore - Tony decides to find the real Singapore with its multicultural restaurants and markets. He samples prescription food dishes, explores the Geyland Serai Market, and rides the clean and efficient subway.

  • Sydney, Australia - Tony embarks on a pilgrimage through Australia so he can indulge in a meal made by one of the worlds best chefs, Tetsuya Wakuda.

  • Minneapolis, MN - Tony travels to the grain belt capitol, Minneapolis, to inspect the conflict between creative independent operators and generic franchises.

  • New York, NY - Join Tony on his quest to characterize the perfect bar. With him, discover the importance of a maniacal bartender, the proper chemical makeup of drinks, the joys of seedy dive-bars and the need for late night snacks.

  • Brazil - What is a Carioca? These natives of Rio, are lovable scamps who find ways to avoid work, preferring the beach, flirting and hanging out at restaurants and bars. Tony, under the tutelage of an exemplary Carioca, gives the lifestyle a try.

  • Salvador, Brazil - Known as Brazils capital of happiness, Salvador da Bahia offers fruitful local markets and rich Bahian cuisine. Here, Tony takes part in a traditional ceremony and experiences the culinary talents of the famous Bahian, Chef Dada.

  • New Orleans, LA - In New Orleans, Tony catches a Bayou alligator, cools off with a world famous sno cone, gets in trouble with the law, eats jambalaya with a dancing chef and, finally, relaxes to some local jazz.

  • Scotland - Beginning in Glasgow, Tony experiences the heart-clogging glory of deep fried pizza, deep fried mars bars, and deep fried pickled eggs! Moving on to more traditional fare, Tony tastes haggis and learns to hunt and fish for his food.

  • Portugal & South-West France: Visiting his boss's family farm, Tony helps slaughter and feast on a pig the family has been fattening all year. Then, Tony heads to France to experience the rich delights of a foie gras farm.

  • New York, NY Provincetown, MA - Experience the formative moments of Tonys career as he revisits his first job, the culinary institute that taught him the basics, a normal workday at Les Halles Brasserie, and his mysterious mentor, Bigfoot.

  • San Sebastian, Spain: Tony explores the food-crazed Basque culture. Tony's guide, Chef Luis Irizar, takes Tony into the underworld of Basque gastronomic societies. Later, Tony explores the citys tapas bars.

  • Portugal - Portuguese cuisine holds a dear place in Tonys culinary heart.Tony travels to Porto, home of the famous Port wine, where he is immediately exposed to the codfish and the almost mythical place it holds in Portuguese cuisine and culture.

  • Morocco (Cities) - Tony is invited to experience the culinary heart and distinct walled medinas (districts) of the Moroccan city Fes.

  • Napa, CA - Marooned in San Francisco, Tony tastes local shellfish and durian ice cream before embarking on a pilgrimage to experience the genius of Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry.

  • Puebla, Mexico - According to Tony, the best line cooks in NYC come from Mexico, so he travels to the Puebla, and enjoys mole sauces, toasted ant eggs, fried worms, and the legendary pulque (a slightly hallucinogenic drink made from cactus sap).

  • New York, NY - Passionate about his city, Tony gives us an intimate tour of the New York City foods he loves - sturgeon and bagels, fluke ceviche, pan-seared foie gras, braised veal cheek, authentic cheese and, of course, a hotdog.

  • London, England - In London, Tony attempts to dispel the myth that all English food is disgusting and over-boiled. Tony tries Nose to Tail Eating, explores traditional fare at Pie and Mash Shoppes and then visits a predominantly Indian community.

  • St. Petersburg, Russia - Tony continues his mission with a tour of local working class specialties. He tries his hand at ice-fishing, drinks a lot of vodka, feasts on Russian foods, eats smoked fish and ends the outing with a dip in the outdoor cold pool.

  • Oaxaca, Mexico - Chef Tony Bourdain explores the exotic and colorful indigenous zone of Mexicos Oaxaca region where he tastes toasted grasshoppers and other delicacies. His adventure ends with mariachi music and, of course, lots of tequila.

  • Cambodia and Japan: Taking his obsession with the film Apocalypse Now a little too seriously, Tony sets out for Pailin reputed to be one of the most dangerous towns on earth. After his journey, Tony returns to Japan.

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam : After taking a cyclo ride through Ho Chi Minh City and trying various foods from roadside vendors and markets, Tony tests his might with a few shots of snake wine and a live cobra heart.

  • Portugal & South-West France: Visiting his boss's family farm, Tony helps slaughter and feast on a pig the family has been fattening all year. Then, Tony heads to France to experience the rich delights of a foie gras farm.

  • Los Angeles - CA, New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, descends into the culinary underbelly of his metropolitan nemesis, Los Angeles, where he experiences the trials of celebrity fame and the joys of West Coast cuisine.

  • San Sebastian, Spain: Tony explores the food-crazed Basque culture. Tony's guide, Chef Luis Irizar, takes Tony into the underworld of Basque gastronomic societies. Later, Tony explores the citys tapas bars.

  • St. Petersburg, Russia - Tony plays spy in Russia and sets off to locate the best blinis and borscht St. Petersburg has to offer.

  • Portugal - Portuguese cuisine holds a dear place in Tonys culinary heart.Tony travels to Porto, home of the famous Port wine, where he is immediately exposed to the codfish and the almost mythical place it holds in Portuguese cuisine and culture.

  • New York, NY Provincetown, MA - Experience the formative moments of Tonys career as he revisits his first job, the culinary institute that taught him the basics, a normal workday at Les Halles Brasserie, and his mysterious mentor, Bigfoot.

  • Cambodia: With a friend along for the ride, Tony travels to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he explores a food culture that is both pleasing to the palette and slightly frightening.

  • Arcachon, France Here, Bourdain first learned to love food as a child. Returning for a trip down memory lane, Tony enjoys childhood staples, including steak frites, gaufres (waffles), soupe de pecheur (fishermans soup) and fresh oysters.

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam : After taking a cyclo ride through Ho Chi Minh City and trying various foods from roadside vendors and markets, Tony tests his might with a few shots of snake wine and a live cobra heart.

  • Rural Japan: Tony decides to look for a more relaxing, traditional Japanese culinary experience in the countryside. Tony travels to an old-style Japanese inn that specializes in kaiseki cuisine, ancient tea ceremony, and local ingredients.

  • Tony travels to Tokyo where he discovers a radically new cooking attitude. He visits Tokyos largest fresh fish market and is introduced to the culinary diets of Sumo wrestlers.

Most Popular A Cook's Tour Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 A Taste of Tokyo 1/07/2002
  • Season 1 Episode 2 Dining with Geishas 1/11/2002
  • Season 2 Episode 7 Mad Tony: The Food Warrior 4/04/2003

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