If you’ve enjoyed watching Chef's Table, The Great British Bake Off, or K-dramas that revolve around food, you definitely need to add these 5 food-centric series to your binge-watch list.
Based on celebrated food writer Michael Pollan’s best-selling book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, this four-part documentary discusses the impact that cooking has made on human history and culture, and how it shapes civilization. Foodies will be delighted to see some familiar faces making guest appearances.
2. Ugly Delicious
Led by celebrity chef David Chang, the travel show explores the cultural, sociological, and culinary history of popular foods in different parts of the world. In the company of other chefs and comedians, each episode is filled with humorous quips and thought-provoking dialogues through debates, such as whether sushi pizza should exist.
3. Samurai Gourmet
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An adaptation of the similarly titled manga by Masayuki Kusumi, the main character of the quirky series is an old retiree who spends his free time dining out and daydreaming about what life as an ancient samurai would be like. Described as “Anthony Bourdain with a samurai twist”, the show promises cinematic food porn, although you will have to watch it with subtitles.
4. Final Table
Taking a more global approach to reality cooking contests, this series sees 12 pairs of chefs from around the world to cook traditional dishes and use native ingredients of 10 international destinations, while local food critics and celebrities judge their creations. Hosted by of Bon Appetit’s editor-at-large Andrew Knowlton, the show is filled with meticulously created modernist dishes.
5. The Good Place
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Not technically about food, the sitcom revolves around protagonist Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) who wakes up in Heaven-like utopia unknown as “The Good Place” in the afterlife. As the name suggests, everything in this world is beautiful and pleasant, including the food. Think: perfectly swirled froyos and plump, juicy shrimps. Even the show’s writer admits that food acts like a supporting character in the show, very much like the city New York does in Sex and the City.