Netflix proving once again it can provide great original programming, debuted the first season of Chef’s Table. From the director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef’s Table is a refreshing return to humility in the world of cooking competitions and celebrity Chef personalities. Without a host and a list of adrenaline trashing stakes, each episode is able to contain a rich full exploration of one subject. The documentary like series is a rather timeless saga, celebrating wholeheartedly at its core the beauty and intimacy of food.
The Chefs featured in Season One from around the world, include: Ben Shewry (Attica), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken), Francis Mallmann (Patagonia Sur), Dan Barber (Blue Hill), Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana) and Niki Nakayama (N/Naka). Each Chef utilizes food as an expression of who they are and a reflection of their lifestyle, and every episode is delightfully graceful to the eye. The elegant story telling revels the soul of each dish, and the masters who toil to discover these souls. Through immense struggles, the obstacles faced by each Chef ultimately shape them to create their own voice and define their beliefs of what being a Chef is.
Being at the top means delivering something that has never been done before. It means a constant level of reinvention. It also means pushing yourself beyond traditional Chef roles and into social and artistic revolution. From ecological responsibility, to escaping the barricade of tradition, these Michelin Star Chefs deliver rigorous excellence for each and every night.
It is clear the Chefs adamantly desired to say something personal in their cooking. They also needed their restaurants to survive and, for years, either suppressed that voice, or indulged it to no appeal. It was faith and obsession that allowed each Chef to be able to endure the grueling years of growth and learning. These same hardships would later spring the inspiration for their most defining dishes.
Can you show a man what drowning taste like? Can you ensure each guest never eats the same menu twice? Can you draw customers to the most isolated regions of the world? These are the feats attempted by Chefs who have proved the impossible can be possible, if you are willing to sacrifice it all.
“What I didn’t understand when I was looking at the beauty was how torturous it is,” says Dan Barber of Blue Hill. This understanding will either excite or intimidate you in the Chef’s Table. Each episode is stunningly visionary. Seeing the torture will give you a new found respect for the beauty and art of cooking.
Available on Netflix since April, fans will be swept away with this dreamy show. It is romantic, yet tempered, each episode presented like an exquisite dish. And like an exquisite dish, watching Chef’s Table might prevent you from ever again reverting back to low-brow reality food shows. As Netflix continues to expand their catalog of original series, TVEnthusiast will continue to cover and review their selection. Tell us what you think we should review next! Stay tuned to TVEnthusiast for more coverage of all of your favorite shows.