Bourdain to join CNN as host, commentator

Anthony Bourdain, the globe-trotting chef and food pontificator, is joining CNN as a host and commentator on the things he knows best — food and travel.

Beginning in 2013, Bourdain will bring his expertise to a new weekend show airing on CNN. He also will be appearing across CNN’s programming, offering commentary.

Bourdain will join the network to bolster its weekend programming. CNN has been experiencing a pronounced ratings slump, with the network’s April ratings down an average of 21 percent from the same month a year ago.

Wire reports