Anthony Bourdain teams with CNN for Detroit project

The punk rock chef’s new four-part documentary will premiere in 2018

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is producing a four-part historical documentary about Detroit for CNN, the network announced Wednesday.

The project, which carries the working title “Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City,” will premiere in 2018.

The series will chronicle Detroit “at its high point when their auto industry was the envy of the world and Motown ruled the airwaves,” according to a release from the network.

Bourdain hinted about the project during a chat with The News last year, prior to his appearance at the Fox Theatre.

“I am working on a very substantial, nonfiction project in Detroit,” he said.

Bourdain is a noted champion of Detroit, and taped a 2013 episode of his series “Parts Unknown” in the city.

“I have a personal agenda about Detroit, I guess. It’s a city I really like and it irritates me that it doesn’t get enough attention and enough love,” Bourdain said. “Given any opportunity to talk up Detroit, or pay attention to it, I’m for it.”

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