Bourdain contributed to the creation of the premium chocolate with his friend Éric Ripert, who is known for his expertise in French cuisine. The two even started a show called Good & Evil – that was how the product was originally named – in which they talked about their journey of experiencing dishes across the world.
But how did a chef, who was a self-proclaimed “Hershey guy” (according to an industry expert he worked with), later become a high-quality chocolate connoisseur? The story started in 2013 when Bourdain went on a trip to a cocoa farm in Northern Peru as part of his “Parts Unknown” TV show.
“It was probably his first time to be on a cocoa farm,” said Dan Pearson, the president of Marañón Chocolate, when asked to describe his first encounter with the CNN star.