Filmmaker David Gelb will be the first to say that his critically acclaimed show, Chef’s Table, is NOT food porn… it’s food romance. The dishes presented in the documentaries are not just sexy (and trust us, they are very sexy!), they actually have an emotional connection to the chef and often represent a pivotal life moment for them.
Atelier Crenn – San Francisco
Inspired by BBC’s Planet Earth, Gelb’s series about chefs across the globe have true cinematic quality. The film is shot with prime versus zoom lenses which takes more time and is more expensive but gives the images their unique and very intimate feel.
Alinea – Chicago
After weeks of research, the crew spends time with each chef featured, filming the ins and outs of their daily lives, whether it be in their restaurant, in the streets of India or in the middle of the Amazon jungle. It’s not all “glamorous days in sunny kitchens and Michelin-starred tasting menus” and they’ve even eaten their fare share of insects.
Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
We think the best part is the discovery… of new chefs, who may not necessarily get a lot of American press yet are celebrities in their own countries, and of new culinary techniques which we would never be able to emulate but admire just the same.
Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
If you haven’t yet drunk the Chef’s Table
Kool Aid champagne, you absolutely should and soon since Season 2 premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix. For more insight on the show, we recommend this week’s episode on Food 52’s Burnt Toast podcast – click here to hear Kenzi Wilbur’s interview with Gelb.
D.O.M. – Sao Paulo, Brazil
If you’ve seen the show, let us know what you think. Happy foodie Friday!
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