As we attempt to shift our focus from the terrifying state of the world, we try to create our own. Sometimes, we have delved into our creative sides and sometimes we have just sat down hours in front of Netflix. Maybe that’s the best we can do right now.
Netflix never appears to run out of interesting content to showcase. From the re-runs of our favourite shows to all the more cinematic lifestyle and environmental documentaries, we have seen it all. Here is a list of the top five food and cooking shows available right now, just in case you want a change of pace.
James Beard Award-Winning Chef David Chang and Academy Award-Winning Director Morgan Neville team up to create Ugly Delicious, a show which is a culmination of food, travel and history.
In each episode, the man behind Momofuku and food writer, Peter Meehan attempt to learn about a dish and everything associated with it like the history, authenticity and commercialisation.
With appearances by non-culinary stars like Aziz Ansari and Nick Kroll, this show brings out the best what a food show can offer. With great direction and honest feedback from the hosts, the show is one of the most interesting food shows on Netflix.
Street food: Asia
Street Food is an innovative attempt on food documentary from the makers behind Chef’s Table. The viewers get a completely different look on the world of culinary in this series.
Instead of the most elegant dining establishments around the world Street Food looks at the food that millions of people can actually afford to eat. From roadside stores to markets with never-ending people, each episode tries to take us to an Asian city where actual culinary talents hide.
This show ensures aspects of food that one could have never thought to exist in certain parts of the world.
In his documentary series, renowned food author Michael Pollan tries to learn about the act of cooking and how it transforms the world around it.
This series is based on his book of the same name and looks at cooking through the four elements: fire, water, air and earth.
Pollan, through his experience, climbs his way to a higher level of culinary and cultural knowledge teaching the viewers about how different elements around us can be so essential in the everyday activity of our lives; cooking.
The Chef Show
After the film named Chef in 2014, Jon Favreau and Chef Roy Choi create an extension of the film into a culinary show where the two showcase their knowledge and mutual love for food.
Celebrity chefs like pitmaster Aaron Franklin to film celebrities like Bill Burr appear on the show to give their comments on the talents of the two. This show is a fascinating one where the chefs make us realise that food is a medium for any relationship.
The duo behind the show, cook, eat, and in the process learn more about friendship and how food brings people together.
Director David Gelb is no stranger in the world of culinary. After a famous show called Jiro, dreams of Sushi, Gelb has come up with a series that observes one world-famous chef per episode.
This show received various positive reviews from the lovers of both food and documentary making. With its rapid success, the series has now recently released it’s 6th season.
With its visual excellency and interesting cooking philosophies of various chefs around the world, this series is a binge-worthy experience.