'Eggs, the perfect food': Anthony Bourdain ate hard-boiled eggs on his final episode of Parts Unknown

When Bourdain was alive, every episode of 'Parts Unknown' ended with him recounting his experience of the episode. But for this final, special show, the viewers saw something else.


                            'Eggs, the perfect food': Anthony Bourdain ate hard-boiled eggs on his final episode of Parts Unknown

CNN aired the final episode of Anthony Bourdain's show 'Parts Unknown' posthumously. The episode featured Bourdain eating his last meal comprising of hard-boiled eggs on the show, at a friend's Lower East Side apartment. 

PageSix reports that the episode aired on November 12 follows the celebrity chef, traveling around his home city as he talks to his friends and discusses the effects of gentrification. The episode began with Bourdain speaking, “This is a show about a very special place, a very special time. And some very special people. So much happened — so much began — on New York’s Lower East Side." During the course of the episode, he visited famous places like Ray’s Candy Store, John’s of 12th Street, Veselka and B&H Dairy. Blondie's Debby Harry also made an appearance.

 Anthony Bourdain speaks on stage at CNN Films - Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent at TFF Panel & Party on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner)
 Anthony Bourdain speaks on stage at CNN Films - Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent at TFF Panel & Party on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner)

The final scene of the episodes sees Bourdain's friend John Lurie, a musician and a painter, serve him a plate of hard-boiled eggs, reports Daily Mail.

When the 61-year-old was presented with the dish he smiled and says, “I am grateful and honored,” while adding that eggs are the perfect food. In one of the scenes of the episode, the chef who committed suicide spoke about all his friends who "didn't make it"- succumbing to violence, an AIDS epidemic and even heroin addiction, a battle that Bourdain fought himself. 

This final episode did not see the host only talk about food. The episode was attempting to explore the deeper aspects of Anthony's life.  He spoke about how the Lower East Side was an inextricable part of New York, "The Lower East Side was in many ways the cradle of New York. Where new arrivals settled, built communities, and moved on, only to be replaced by others." Viewers also saw Anthony talk about his drug addiction, speaking about the same neighborhood he said, "I came for heroin and I came for music."



When Bourdain was alive, every episode of 'Parts Unknown' ended with the star recounting his experience of the episode. But for this final, special show, the viewers saw something entirely different. The finale was a montage tied together with the track 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory' by Johnny Thunders. An emphatic cut to a black screen made Bourdain's passing all the more impactful.