What a delight for every sense. The music alone is reason enough to watch Netflix’s Chef’s Table. It perfectly captures the mood, drives the show forward, and brings you into the visuals. Oh, the visuals are obviously beautiful. Ounces, pounds, and tons of effort shine in every shot. Why shouldn’t you spend more time looking at beautiful things? What are the other senses? Taste? Smell? I’m drinking St George while watching. The taste is are exquisite. Touch? Go away. Stop bothering me with your stupid list of senses.
To put it plainly: if you love food you will love Chef’s Table. If not, Chef’s Table might make you love food.
Have you seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi? Yes, Chef’s Table is from the director, David Gelb, so food nerds can confidently jump aboard. On a superficial level, the show brings you into 6 world class restaurants and the cities/towns/middles-of-nowhere that they are located in. The chefs themselves explain the thought, effort, and suffering that went into creating signature dishes so that you come away feeling like you know far more about food than your now caveman by comparison friends. Most shows stop there, you learn about food, look at food, and enjoy a happy escape. But the reason I’m wasting your time writing about Chef’s Table is because the show also puts each dish into the perspective of the chef’s life.
In reality, Chef’s table is about making you ask “what the hell am I doing with my life!?” It is about seeing brilliant people, how they became brilliant, what it means to be brilliant, and what they are doing with that brilliance. It is about being incredibly driven, the result of such drive, and also the cost. How can you not be deeply motivated by this show? It isn’t just the chefs, though they are the stars, it is also farmers, critics, and family who just deeply care. Listen: you need to deeply care about something.
How can a show about food have so many life lessons? Perseverance, surviving failure, understanding your dreams so that you can follow them, finding balance in yourself so that you can survive your life… it’s all there. The siren song of the beautiful images and sounds pulls you in and suddenly the credits are rolling and you are thinking “today is the day I change my life!” Woah! Where the hell did that come from?
Did I mention the music? Good, I’m going to mention it again. The music is just so on point. How do you convey biting anxiety over an insatiable drive to succeed capped by bursting pride at well earned success in music? I have no clue, but it happens and it is dazzling.
I got the Raspberry Brandy and it is somehow better than I expected. Life is so dope ↩
I suggest watching the Niki Nakayama episode (#4) if you really want this to hit home. My god. The Francis Mallmann episode maybe less so. Drink a lot and chill out for that one ↩
I’m not 100% certain that “too superlative” is a thing that is possible but I’m going to need you to stop using your brain to contradict me and focus more on clicking the link and watching the show ↩