SEASON 3, EPISODE 8
Brazil is synonymous with paradise. Exotic beaches, scantily clad Carnival performers -- these icons are unavoidable.
I try and go to Brazil whenever I can find an excuse; and the fact that I haven't made a show in the city of Salvador since "A Cook's Tour" over 12 years ago seemed like reason enough for another one.
It's all the best things about the country, boiled down into a thick, spicy, African stew. It's mystical, magical, incredibly colorful, and has its own choreography that we worked very hard to capture.
I asked the crew to shoot at hip level as much as possible, to move the cameras, to try and convey the sense that, unique to Salvador, everybody is beautiful.
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Everybody seems likely to start dancing at any minute -- and often do. There's drums and music everywhere.
It's not, of course, utopia at all.
I stopped trying to figure out Brazil years ago and after many visits, just decided to go with the flow.
The show we came back with, I hope, reflect that attitude.
After nearly a year on the road, a solid block of shooting on five continents, this is the last new episode of the season.