EXCLUSIVE: Watch Anthony Bourdain Torture Anderson Cooper with Exotic Foods like Sea Urchin: ‘Anderson’s Discomfort Is Always a Pleasure’

04/18/2016 at 01:49 PM ET

When you combine Anthony Bourdain‘s adventurous palate with Anderson Cooper‘s apprehension towards anything that doesn’t fall in the category of “plain,” you have a recipe for really entertaining TV.

Bourdain and the CNN anchor (and notoriously picky eater) reunited at New York City’s Mission Chinese restaurant to film a series of segments on Anderson Cooper 360° to promote the new season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.  

In this exclusive clip of the pair discussing Bourdain’s trip to the Philippines, the restaurant’s chef Danny Bowien brings out a tray of sea urchin from Maine—the first of many menu items curated to test Cooper’s limits.

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“Are these the things you’re not suppose to step on in the ocean?” Cooper asks before taking a bite and realizing he has “textural problems” with the dish.

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“Well, the stuff you’re not supposed to step on are protecting these things,” answers Bourdain.

These kinds of questions are exactly why the chef and world traveler chose to test Anderson’s taste buds again. “It makes me happy and watching Anderson’s discomfort is always a pleasure,” Bourdain tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Throughout the eight segments beginning on April 22, Cooper will also get to taste his first martini and some of the hottest wings in the city. When Bourdain brought his pal chef Eric Ripert to sample the same Chongqing chicken wings, Bourdain says he went running to the bathroom. Cooper’s immediate instinct to chug his glass of water is not as dramatic—but equally satisfying.

“Anderson’s had the most sheltered life gastronomically,” says Bourdain, “and in many other ways I think.”

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But the television journalist also surprised Bourdain: “He loved the Mapo Tofu, which I never would have guessed,” he says. “I would have thought it would have been too much for him.”

“The poor guy has never had a martini,” he adds, “but he said it was good.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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CrisGI on

Love them both!! ❤️🙌

Andrea on

I fail to see how sea urchin would be seen as gross. It’s friggin’ delicious. Sure, it looks funny, but it’s sooooo good.

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