I run the cacao and chocolate project that Bourdain / Ripert / Curtin visited and was with them for the filming of all the campo stuff. I thought the show was very fair to Peru, and did very minimal eye rolling or snarkiness about the poverty of the country as a whole or the farmers in particular. Anyone interested in Peru's cuisine would be more interested and more likely to visit after that show IMO. He went to places never really shown on a platform like CNN before (Chiclayo, Marañon cacao country, etc.) This was a big win for Peru.
the Peru Insider article is ridiculous, points 1 and 2 are hardly significant details, every show has some small factual errors. On point 3, I thought his treatment of the shaman thing was pretty respectful since he obviously doesn't care, it was Ripert's thing. he gets paid to be irreverent, funny and entertaining, not blithely respectful.
on Point 4, that was a place that was locally famous for being a robbery spot, it was very unsafe until a group of veterans from the Ecuador war set up a security checkpoint and now the road is safe and controlled. He was paying a voluntary toll, as i do every time i pass that spot. the road was absolutely unsafe before they set up. that was not over dramatized, those guys are there for a reason and he did nothing other than film the reality.
Point 5, its not a news program, its a travel program on a news network, its meant to draw ratings. of course he used it to sell chocolate, he's a smart businessman, that's why he's a millionaire and has 1.4 million twitter followers. Obviously it wasn't perfect, starting with the fact that they cut the parts where i was on camera
But it was a very entertaining and fair show from my perspective, we should all be proud of the coverage.