If you love food and Netflix, I’ve got good news for you! In this week’s Netflix recommendations, I bring six Netflix shows that will leave you salivating for more. From fictional shows on a Chef’s love and journey with food to home-bakers and their earnest attempts to recreate visual masterpieces, sit back and laugh till your heart’s content with this list of food-themed shows!
Salt Fat Acid Heat follows chef and food writer Samin Nosrat as she travels around the world to explore the four different primary keys to cooking. On top of feasts and tips, viewers get to explore different experiences, cultures, and traditions through the lens of an approachable and easygoing personality. Samin guides the viewers in a way that would encourage one to be curious and not to be afraid to approach cuisines that they may not have encountered before.
Who should watch it: For those who are cooking novices and want to understand better how flavour combinations work.
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Chef stars Jon Favreau who plays Carl Casper and his fictional journey as a head chef in Los Angeles where he butts heads with his restaurant owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman). Struggling with his need for creativity in his menu versus a traditional menu that’s expected from him, audiences watch as Carl stands up for what he believes in and reignites his love for Cuban Cusine by setting up a food truck. This film is not merely about food but also about bonding and kinship between Carl and his son. A feel-good movie, Chef is a must-watch if you want to get deep into the feels of an aspirational father-son relationship.
Who should watch it: If you’re a fan of creativity in food and am one for substantial character development.
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Nailed It! is an unusual baking competition reality series, where three amateur bakers are invited to replicate highly complex cakes and confectionery in a ridiculously short time. Each episode is thematic and consists of two challenges—“Baker’s Choice” and “Nail it or Fail it”. At the end of the second challenge, the winner will walk away with a $10,000 cash prize and the coveted Nailed It! Trophy. Hosted by American comedian, Nicole Byer, and French pastry chef, Jacque Torres, prepare for endless laugher as the two hosts rub off each other with their hilarious antics.
Who should watch it: This is the perfect get-together show for families to laugh and bond over.
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Hosted by Korean-American Chef David Chang, Ugly Delicious is an original Netflix culinary show that examines the story behind the food. Topics such as food culture, history, and the sociology of food are explored throughout the series. Over the episodes, witness how food can be an effective driver to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and aid in developing friendships.
Who should watch it: For anyone curious as to how food can be a medium for storytelling from a cultural and sociological aspect.
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From the creators of Chef’s Table, this Netflix’s 2019 series delves into the rich culture of street food from all over the world, with the first season focusing on fare from Asia. Aptly named Street Food Asia, this gastro-docu series explores cuisine from Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam, with each 30-minute episode featuring a different city. Apart from highlighting street food from each country, Street Food Asia enables viewers to discover unique and individual stories of perseverance and preservation of culture.
Who should watch it: If you’ve always been curious about street food from our fellow Asian neighbours but am apprehensive about actually trying it.
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This Emmy-nominated series profiles a different chef in every episode and stands out for the way each chef is presented in an intimate and captivating manner. Humans are visual creatures, we often eat with our eyes first, and this series intends to allow viewers to do just that—to eat through the screen. This series is shot in a way that not only elicits a curiosity for each chef’s journey but also encourages viewers to have a whole different level of respect for food. With six different volumes, you’re sure to be fed to your heart’s content.
Who should watch it: If you’re an emotional being and enjoy learning about food through the unique perspectives of chefs from all over the globe.
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