According to Russian press accounts, the CNN host and famed chef is blacklisted from the country for visiting a disputed territory.

Famed celebrity chef and star of CNN's Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain may be in hot water after he managed to cook up some trouble with the Azerbaijan government recently.

Famed celebrity chef and star of CNN's Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain may be in hot water after he managed to cook up some trouble with the Azerbaijan government recently.

(You clicked on a story about a chef, you deserve every food pun that is whipped up in this article.)

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While filming an episode focused on the cuisine and cultures of Armenia last week, Bourdain posted this picture to his Instagram, showing him about to board a military chopper.

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The flight was necessary to get Bourdain into the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave inside Azerbaijan's borders that Armenia claims is its territory — a dicey situation, if you will.

The flight was necessary to get Bourdain into the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave inside Azerbaijan's borders that Armenia claims is its territory — a dicey situation, if you will.

Ever since a war between the two countries ended in 1994, Armenian forces have occupied the territory, a situation that remains grating for the Azeri government.

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The tweet may have just been an appetizer for the trouble Bourdain is in. Hajiyev later told Azeri news agency APA on Oct. 19 that Bourdain's trip was being "investigated" and that "a decision will be made after the investigation."

The tweet may have just been an appetizer for the trouble Bourdain is in. Hajiyev later told Azeri news agency APA on Oct. 19 that Bourdain's trip was being "investigated" and that "a decision will be made after the investigation."

Baku has kept a list of foreigners who were banned for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh for years now, most recently adding three US lawmakers to the list of people who'd burned them.

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And now, according to Russian outlet RIA Novisti, Bourdain's goose may already be cooked.

And now, according to Russian outlet RIA Novisti, Bourdain's goose may already be cooked.

"The host of the show on CNN, American chef Anthony [Bourdain] will be included in the list of undesirable persons for illegally visiting the occupied territories of Azerbaijan," Hajiyev told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

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BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Azeri Foreign Ministry for confirmation. In the meantime, an assistant with Bourdain says that the chef has no comment.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Azeri Foreign Ministry for confirmation. In the meantime, an assistant with Bourdain says that the chef has no comment.

CNN, for its part, "has no comment on the matter" either, per a spokesperson.

If the ban holds, Bourdain, who has already been to the country of Georgia, will no longer be able to complete the Caucasus Trifecta. But, I suppose, sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

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