Food Shows To Binge-Watch On Netflix While Social Distancing
With one-third of the world currently on lockdown and others practising responsible social distancing due to the coronavirus (covid-19) situation, now is the best time to catch up on all the stuff you've been meaning to watch on Netflix for the longest time. Bring out the popcorn!
1/5 Restaurants On The Edge
Fans of makeover shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will dig this latest Netflix original. Celebrity hosts Nick Liberato (restaurateur), Karin Bohn (designer) and Dennis Prescott travel the world with the ultimate goal of helping owners of failing restaurants with great potential (majestic views included).
The hosts take inspiration from the locale and community, and distil what they’ve learned to the business owners. Prescott takes charge of revitalising the menu by reinventing local dishes and using locally-sourced produce; Bohn revamps the space to match the vista; and Liberato works closely with the business owner to tweak the business model.
It’s a complete recipe made for binge-watching, packed with beautiful shots of the scenery, drool-worthy dishes, and captivating stories that will tug at your heartstrings.
2/5 Ugly Delicious
There are no boundaries when it comes to food; at least that's the underlying theme of this engaging series created by Korean-American chef David Chang and food critic Peter Meehan. Each episode focuses on a specific dish, whether it's pizza, fried rice, curry or steak, and the hosts explore its origins and evolution.
With the help of celebrity chef friends like Wolfgang Puck, they dig deep into the roots of the particular food and look at how different countries and cultures have adapted it. To be sure, the show won't just make you hungry, it will also give you a serious case of wanderlust.
3/5 Nailed It
With so many baking shows online, we think one—with its fun and original concept—stands out from the rest. For one, it's a show about home bakers given the challenge of replicating creative masterpieces by seasoned pastry chefs.
Over the three seasons, they've worked on Marvel superhero cupcakes, fashioned-inspired desserts, and elaborate gingerbread houses. What ensues when these amateurs compete is comedy gold, as you see them try and fail in their challenges. Hosted by American comedian Nicole Byer, the show is done in a light-hearted manner that doesn't demean the contestants.
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4/5 Street Food
This is your ticket to travelling across Asia in search of insights into some of the best street foods. It's a gastronomic journey that starts in Bangkok, home of veteran cook Jay Fai. She's a celebrity in her own right, attracting throngs of locals and gourmet tourists who wait patiently in line for her signature tom yum soup and crab omelet, just some of the dishes that have earned her stall a Michelin star.
Other stops include Osaka, Japan, where you'll meet seasoned chef Toyo, who helped popularise the humble okonomiyaki and takoyaki; and Cebu, Philippines, where you'll find the most amazing, umami-packed reef eel soup by local cook Florencio Escabas.
Backed by stunning visuals and engaging storytelling about food and the trials and successes of the featured personalities, this is a show you can watch over and over again.
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5/5 The Chef's Table
What's a roundup of food shows without this cult classic, right? Now on its sixth season, the Netflix original follows the daily lives of renowned chefs such as Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana and Ana Ros of Hisa Franko. This is your insider look at how they run their Michelin-starred establishments and where they usually find inspiration for their delicious creations. Be warned: the show is filled with shots of mouthwatering dishes.
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