There are many movies and tv shows on Netflix which I have seen. But there is one category which is the closest to my heart, the food-related one. In this post, I will tell you all about my TOP 5 cooking shows to watch on Netflix.
In the first part of each tv show, I will shortly describe the official storyline. In the second one, I will give you my unique view where I will try to explain why it is worth to watch the tv show and what you can learn from it. Hope you will like and enjoy the reading 🙂
TOP 5 cooking shows to watch on Netflix.
The Chef’s table.
In this Emmy-nominated series, you will meet culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts. The show has 5 seasons and the 4th season is dedicated to desserts only. Also, there is a special Chef’s table France series.
Restaurants headed by 11 of the chefs in this Emmy-nominated series have made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
I have to say that the Chef’s table played a huge role in my life a few years ago when I discovered my foodie side. It completely changed my view and understanding of modern gastronomy. Also, it gave me a lot of inspiration when I needed it the most. And it might be possible that without the show there would be no Taste Is Yours today.
And what can the show give you?
Besides seeing the worlds best chefs creating their masterpieces you can also listen to their personal stories. They are a reminder that there is no easy success in life. If you want to achieve something exceptional you have to work for it. And you have to work for it hard. There will be disappointments, failures, and critical situations but you can always overcome them with your hard work.
As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Focusing on four kinds of “transformations” that occur in cooking, Michael Pollan teases out links between science, culture and the flavors we love. The show has 4 episodes.
Michael Pollan has won numerous awards for his books about food, which include the bestselling “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”
Chef’s table is about high-end cooking and gastronomy, but Cooked is all about the basics. Thanks to this show I actually started to focus more on the foundations of cooking. I learned how to grill the meat on the charcoal grill properly, (I’ve even made my first pulled pork which was slow-grilling for 11 hours) and also started to bake a delicious bread. Last but not least, I became more cautious about ingredients which I use in my kitchen.
And what can Cooked give you?
As a first, I would say that it can definitely change your view of industrial cooking. Food corporations care mainly about their profit and not so much about the taste of their dishes and they definitely do not care so much about your health. So if you really want to live a better and healthier life, start to cook at home. Doing so you will minimize the number of unhealthy food substitutions and dangerous ingredients. Also, I can guarantee, that your homemade dishes will taste better than the ones (processed food) bought in the groceries and supermarkets.
All the flavor. None of the BS. Star chef David Chang leads friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world’s most satisfying grub. Traveling the world with his friends, award-winning chef David Chang discovers exciting twists on iconic dishes and surprising links between cultures. The show has 1 season and 8 episodes.
Elite chefs, writers and entertainers like Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll and Ali Wong join Chang’s culinary adventure.
So, so far I have presented 2 shows to you. A starter (The Chef’s Table) full of culinary masterpieces and the main dish (Cooked) packed with the fundamental cooking and eating information.
Now it’s the right time to give you a cool but a slightly spicy dessert. In my opinion, The Ugly Delicious is a combination of chocolate and chili 🙂 On one (chocolate) side you will hear inspiring stories and learn about the dishes from all around the world. On the second (chili) side you will get to listen to David Chang’s “no-bullshi*t” talks. In one moment he can talk about serious stuff and just a few seconds after he is laughing and releasing a huge “f*ck”.
And why am I recommending this show to you?
In my opinion this show is not for everybody. Some of you might be disturbed by the language and inappropriate jokes. But if you will decide to watch it till the end you will understand that sometimes it is good to hear the second side of the story. And David Chang is a master of giving it to you in full.
Million pound menu.
Next-gen restaurateurs get the chance to open their own pop-up eateries to impress the paying public — and a panel of discerning U.K. investors. The show has 1 season and 6 episodes.
Presenter Fred Sirieix is a renowned restaurant manager who also hosts the BBC’s BAFTA-winning series “First Dates.”
The Million Pound Menu is the only one show on my list which is not produced by Netflix itself. (btw, it is produced by BBC). But that doesnt mean that the show is boring or not worth watching. It is actually a very interesting and entertaining concept. And because gastronomy is very close to my heart I really enjoyed watching all the parts.
The Million Pound Menu and million ideas for you.
I would definitely recommend the show to everyone who was (or still is) thinking and dreaming about opening his/her own restaurant. Throughout the episodes, you will understand that the idea itself might not be enough to run a successful and profitable restaurant. Your food has to be perfect each time and your service must overcome the highest expectations of your customers. Plus, you have to understand the business well. Shame that many restaurants are not keeping these 3 basic pillars in their mind.
Salt Fat Acid Heat.
Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world to explore four basic keys to wonderful cooking, serving up feasts and helpful tips along the way. As you might guess it right, the show has only 4 episodes called – salt, fat, acid, and heat.
Inspired by Nosrat’s best-selling book of the same name, this series features excursions to Italy, Japan, and Mexico.
Salt Fat Acid Heat is one of the latest Netflix production. Also, it is the last show on my list. I don’t know why but Samin Nosrat is so strange and actually pretty cool at the same time. 🙂 You will laugh hard at her jokes and funny faces and also you will learn a lot from her stories. The show is very relaxed and has a pretty smooth pace. So there will be enough time to talk with your partner between the lines. 🙂
Another great thing about the show is that Samin and her cooking is very genuine and authentic. I doubt that you could make at home even a single dish from the Chef’s Table for example but I am highly confident that you could cook almost every dish from the Salt Fat Acid Heat.
And if you are confident too, you can check out Samin’s new website where you can find all the recipes from the show.
And why is this show good for you?
I have to say that the show can teach you a few important things. For example, learn the basics first (btw, this is valid for everything in life, not only for the cooking). Once you learn how to make the basics right, only then you can move forward. Sometimes I have a feeling that people want to make the best steaks at home without knowing when to salt the meat. So remember first things first.
As a second I would highlight the importance of cooking (or doing other things in life) for and with people. Sometimes you might want to do everything by yourself, but honestly, there is nothing better than doing things together with your friends and family members. 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed the reading and that this blog was helpful. If yes, please share it with the world. Thanks 🙂
PS: Is there any other food related tv show/documentary you would like me to watch and review? Let me know your favorites in a comment below…