The Friday Favorite series features makers, projects, films, books, and other sources of inspiration I have fallen in love with. I hope by sharing them I will be able to bring something new and inspiring into your life!
Favorite Documentary Series/ Chef’s Table
I have been absolutely mesmorized this past week by the incredible Netflix documentary series, Chef’s Table. Each episode of Chef’s Table tells the story of a world renowned chef–it’s amazing to be able to dive into the minds and lives of these extremely talented individuals.
I actually watched parts of season 1 awhile back and recently rediscovered it because of this post by Sophia Bush (I’m such a huge fan of Chicago PD and the whole Chicago series but that’s a whole other conversation) about Chef Niki Nakayama. She mentions her Chef’s Table episode and I decided to check it out. I normally can’t help looking at my phone and going on Pinterest while I watch TV but I did not think about it–not even once–while Chef’s Table was on. I don’t think it’s possible to watch one these episodes without giving it your full undivided attention–the stories are inspiring, the cinematography is breath taking, and the food is incredible!
I truly think that anyone who creates can connect, be inspired, and appreciate each of these chefs and what they are doing with food. It’s so much more than cooking! It’s innovating, it’s experimenting, it’s exploring, it’s learning, it’s sharing.
There are 2 seasons currently available with 6 episodes each. I recommend all of them but my favorites are:
- Season 1, Episode 4 – Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, USA)
- Season 2, Episode 1 – Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next, and The Aviary in Chicago, USA)
- Season 2, Episode 3 – Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, USA)
- Season 2, Episode 5 – Ana Ros (Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia)
- Season 2, Episode 6 – Gaggan Anand (Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand) *I watched this one twice
All images are courtesy of Netflix Chef’s Table
Season 3 is coming out in late 2016 and Season 4 in 2017–I cannot wait!
If you have already been watching Chef’s Table, I’d love to hear your thoughts and which episodes were you favorite! If you are going to check it out, I hope you find this docu-series as magical as I have!