And the show got an Emmy nomination for it, IIRC.
I like him. I love the fact that whatever preconceptions he has about a country or a people, which he makes no effort to hide, go out the window once he sits down to eat with them. Also, the fact that he eats and enjoys pretty much everything offered to him shows an openness of mind (and pallet) that most people lack. Even when a Namibian tribe offers him a warthog's rectum grilled in a pit of sand (without, even, any means to wash that sand off the damned thing) he eats it. Not that he enjoyed it, but he still managed to eat it.
And even though he's an accomplished chef, he has zero pretension when it comes to food. A hotdog bought on the street is just as good, as important an experience as a faux strawberry constructed by molecular gastronomist Ferran Adrià (which by the way reminds me of the Spain-episode, where he visits the "Adrià-laboratory", after which he ends up at a barbeque where the main attraction is grilled onions, which he seems to have more appreciation for). The appreciation for both simplicity AND
incredible complexity is very impressive, and the contrast makes for good TV
Hell, just the fact that he seemed to enjoy his visit to Sweden, which in my opinion has one of the most boring food cultures in the world says a lot(the best thing about Swedish food culture IMO is that we quickly and easily embrace other countries' food cultures).
I wish I could be as open to new things as he is. Sure, I try new stuff when I travel, but not to the same extent.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.