Anthony Bourdain, America’s favorite chef and TV host, is now an investor and Editor-At-Large for Roads & Kingdoms. Bourdain made this announcement Wednesday that he has committed to this three-year-old digital magazine that publishes content about travel food and culture.
Roads & Kingdoms will publish anything from the brewing of banana beer in South Africa to an exiled land in Asia. This website full of adventures and wonders of the world began in 2012 by former Time editor Nathan Thornburgh and Matt Goulding, best selling author of the book series Eat This, Not That.
This double-duo met through a connection of friends while they were both writers abroad. The two met in Mexico where they talked about the problems faced by travel journalist, and how some media outlets saw no need for journalist such as themselves. From there the dream to create a space for journalists such as themselves was born.
Goulding and Thornburgh both quit their jobs and went backpacking in Myanmar to report on the civil war for a Tumblr page. Now, three years later that Tumblr page has grown to what is now Roads & Kingdoms.
Voted as the Gold Winner for Best Travel Journalism Site by the Society of American Travel Writers, Roads & Kingdoms has 500 paid contributors around the world. Roads & Kingdom also has a publishing partnership with Sports Illustrated called The Far Post. This site is weekly updates on global soccer series.
The amount of the investment from Bourdain was not released, however it is said to be enough to fund employees in their offices in Brooklyn and Barcelona. Bourdain is said to be excited about his new investment and takes the approach of “if you produce really good content, some one will buy it.”
Bourdain will now edit his own section, Dispatched, and will publish Goulding’s new book Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travel Through Japan’s Food Culture, set to hit shelves this October.