10 Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix

8 months ago


No plans for the weekend? Then go on a super marathon of Netflix’s exceptional line-up of food shows. Microwave that popcorn and get comfy on the couch cause we guarantee that you won’t be able to stop watching these incredible series and documentaries:


Chef’s Table 
HOW MANY SEASONS: 3 (6 episodes each)
Chef’s Table is more than just a documentary about food—it’s also all about the art, passion, and story of the chefs and food visionaries who bring their craft to an elevated level of mastery and wonder. This web series presents the brilliant minds of culinary innovators work who produce art on a plate. Celebrated culinary names through out the series include Mossimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana (Italy),  Ana Roš of Hiša Franko (Slovenia), Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist monk from the Chunjinam Hermitage (South Korea), Alex Atala of D.O.M. (Brazil) and Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (Japan and USA). Each episode is scored with a classic masterpiece reflecting on the brilliance, order, and to some point, the obsession of their craft.


Chef’s Table: France
HOW MANY SEASONS: 1 (4 episodes)
It should make sense for France to have it’s own spin-off series of the acclaimed food documentary. After all, it is the birthplace of haute cuisine, Escoffier, and the Michelin Guide. Each episode is a love letter to the mastery of French cuisine and the minds who push to take it even further. It depicts four French master chefs (Alain Passard of L’Arpège, Alexandre Couillon of La Marine, Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha, and Michel Troisgros of La Maison Troisgros) who took risks in breaking the traditions their cuisine is known to stand for. Matched with the alluring cinematography and outstanding score, you’ll understand why French chefs still reign supreme in the culinary field.


Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour
HOW MANY SEASONS: 2 (25 episodes in total)
Before Anthony Bourdain became the person, who we all foodies would love to share a beer, food, and stories with, he was the host of this Food Network travel show, A Cook’s Tour. The precursor to his hit shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown, this two season series follows Bourdain across the globe (to his favorite food spots in Japan, Russia, Mexico, and across the US) in search of great eats and even greater food adventures. It may not be as polished as his latest works, but it’s nice to watch where the food maverick learned to make his way.


The Mind of a Chef
HOW MANY SEASONS: 5 (14-16 episodes)
Ever thought of how the great culinary minds work? From the producers of No Reservations comes this series that delves into the thinking and eating process of some of the culinary world’s most inquisitive food personalities.  Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, The Mind of a Chef, provides a cheeky and humorous tone of story-telling of each guest chef’s view on food and the travel, science, and history bound to it. Notable chefs include David Chang of Momofuku, Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken, and Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec and Petit Trois.


HOW MANY SEASONS: 1 (4 episodes)
Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling non-fiction book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, this 4-episode docu-series focuses on the cooking techniques man has learned over the course of history and how it has help humanity evolve culturally. Also narrated by the author, Cooked connects us to the basics of cooking using the natural elements of fire (cooking with heat), water (braising and boiling with pots), air (bread-making), and earth (fermenting) and how each influences the cooking process. Not bad for a dad who just wanted to cook better for his family.


For Grace
HOW LONG IS IT: 1 hour & 31 minutes
After becoming one of the most renowned chefs in America, Chef Curtis Duffy is on a quest to build his own dream restaurant in Chicago. For Grace follows the construction of his project—from an empty concrete box to a packed opening night, while stirring in revelations about his own personal life and how he rose up from the shakes and shambles of his past. Filmed by Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski, this captivating documentary shows one chef’s triumph and the sacrifices and hardships that went along with it.


Steak (R)evolution
HOW LONG IS IT: 1 hour & 49 minutes
Argentina. Japan. Scotland. France. Canada. These countries have some of the best steaks in the world. Director Franck Ribière travels around the world to show how much we love steak. He interviews breeders, cattle farmers, cooks, and steak enthusiasts to discover what makes a perfect steak according to culture—from the breed of cattle all the way to its doneness. Try not to watch with an empty stomach or else, you’ll find yourself salivating all over the screen.  


Sour Grapes
HOW LONG IS IT: 1 hour & 25 minutes
It’s Catch Me If You Can meets wines. Sour Grapes is about a wine scandal that shook the industry. It uncorks the 2008 crime of Rudy Kurniawan, a supposedly wine collector and expert who sold counterfeit wines by the millions. This true story of fake wine also captures the fascination people have over those who have an affluent living and their luxurious habits such of rare wines and haute cuisine.

The Birth of Sake
HOW LONG IS IT: 1 hour & 33 minutes
Known as Japan’s national beverage, sake has seen stories throughout its history: from how it is depicted as a ceremonial drink to how its production rose as it appealed to the international consciousness. The Birth of Sake gives us a glimpse to the lives of the people behind the craft—on how their sacrifices matter to produce this iconic Japanese alcohol.


SOMM: Into the Bottle
HOW LONG IS IT: 1 hour & 30 minutes
You may have probably enjoyed a glass of wine at home or in a fancy restaurant but do you entirely know how it’s made? SOMM: Into the Bottle gives us a look through on the different and extensive processes a wine has to undergo before it gets poured on your wine glass. A follow up to SOMM, another fascinating documentary about the all-consuming course of study for the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, this spin-off takes into consideration how a bottle of wine isn’t just about the grapes.


Words by Yllaine Sabenecio and Angeli De Rivera

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