Originally a DVD sales and rental-by-mail service, Netflix has evolved into the media streaming platform we’ve come to know and love. Since 2012, Netflix has taken an active role as producer and distributor for both films and television series; a variety of Netflix Originals that are all about inclusion and diversity. From reality makeover series (let’s hear it for ‘Queer Eye’ season four!) to scripted dramas, Netflix is a dynamic ode to frivolous entertainment. There’s also food porn, and Jon Favreau’s ‘The Chef Show’ takes a renewed approach to the one clear thing that all humans share in – food.
Cooking is a journey and, in this case, an adventure. Making a meal is about more than just food. It’s about appreciating friends, family and tradition. It’s an opportunity to come together, to learn, to share and to celebrate different flavours, cultures and people.
Co-starring acclaimed filmmaker and celebrity chef Roy Choi, ‘The Chef Show’ follows the dynamic duo on their adventures as they seek to find the joy in cooking they once shared while working together on the film ‘Chef’. Approachable and using recognisable ingredients that viewers can use at home, the show explores the utter enjoyment of food and following one’s passion. The camaraderie between Favreau and Choi is infectious. In an effort to learn and impress, Favreau’s curiosity is palpable – and so darn likeable. You can feel that he genuinely wants to please Choi with his own skills and cooking.
The two friends experiment with their favourite recipes and techniques; baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world. Some of the highlights include sharing a meal with the ‘Avengers’ cast in Atlanta, smoking brisket in Texas with world-renowned pitmaster Aaron Franklin, and honouring the legendary food critic Jonathan Gold in Los Angeles (you might remember him from this article). Favreau and Choi embrace their passion for food but, more importantly, their love for bringing people together over a delicious meal.
‘The Chef Show’ goes back to basics, serving as a reminder of the joy of cooking and sharing food together. The upbeat, warm and encouraging tones of each episode makes it so satisfying. And, seriously – learning to make the perfect grilled cheese with Roy Choi, or pepper pot pie with Gwyneth Paltrow? Sign me up.
WATCH the trailer!
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