Foodie Christmas holiday viewing – Netflix series ´Chef´s Table´

On a cooking programme ´Cooked´, producer and host Michael Pollan said…

“This phenomenon of cooking shows has just grown and grown….the less time we invest in cooking ourselves, the more time we spend watching other people cook on television”

Well Michael, that´s not quite true in our household! Having recently finished the last episode of Netflix series Chef´s Table, I was left bereft…something big was missing and I didn´t know what could replace it! My other half and I (he´s a chef) watched most episodes of Chef´s Table mesmerised and inspired. If you haven´t seen the series and you love food, watch it soon! Each hour long episode shows a behind the scenes look at the life and work of some of the best chefs of our time. They show us insights into the lives of people we don´t usually have much access to.

Some of the dishes were immensely beautiful and really knocked our socks off. Combinations of flavours and textures you´d never think of putting together, but you can imagine work really well. Talk about eye candy, the dishes were so varied in style, well conceived and exquisitely put together.

Every episode wasn´t exhilarating and exciting however; some we enjoyed more than others. It totally depends on the chef in question, certain people are just more charismatic and interesting than others.

What I found most intriguing was the different relationships the chefs had with their vocation. For some, it seemed like a beautiful gift, enhancing their life and enabling them to express themselves on the highest level. For others however, it seemed like a heavy burden, weighing them down and inhibiting relationships with family and the people around them.

One thing that stuck with me was the massive pressure you must feel when you reach this level of the game. When you are ´La crème de la crème´ and you achieve high accolades in cooking, the only way is down. This must be both motivating and immensely suffocating at times, but I suppose it depends on how you manage that pressure.

Having watched Chef´s Table I feel delighted and inspired, full of ideas for new plates to come in 2017!

If you´ve seen Chef´s Table, or get a chance to watch it over the holiday season, let me know what you think….

  • Who was your favourite chef and why?
  • What was the most interesting dish you saw?
  • Has watching Chef´s Table inspired you to cook a new dish?

From Char x