26 September 2015

Weekend Cooking: The Chef's Table

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Chef's TableOh Chef's Table how could have I missed you? With all the turmoil I went through last spring, I totally forgot about this Netflix original documentary series, perfect for foodies, travelers, and anyone who wants to get to know interesting people from around the world.

I rediscovered this just yesterday, so I've seen only one episode. But if the documentary I watched is any indication of the quality of the rest of the series, then I'm hooked -- totally and without reservation (forgive the pun).

Chef's Table is a series of six one-hour documentaries each focusing on a different chef and his or her restaurant. But each film is more than than just a story of a menu or a place to eat. We learn something about the city, the people, and a cuisine.

The first episode introduces us to Massimo Bottura and Modena, Italy. We see the beautiful town and countryside and learn how the chef saved an entire Parmesan cheese production run through a single recipe. We hear stories of Massimo's childhood and meet the woman who helped him perfect his pasta skills. We discover the inspiration behind some of his inventive dishes (and get glimpse of his kindness and easygoing nature too).

But mostly we get to know the man, his wife, and what makes him think. I just might have fallen a little bit in love with Massimo. He has a zest for life and a passion for what he does. He has a fantastic marriage and was so lucky to have found Lara; the two seem perfect for each other. (And you'll love the story of how they met.)

I'm fascinated with the way Massimo uses traditional Modena ingredients and dishes and completely modernizes them. As Lara said, he takes people back to their childhood through his flavors not through his dishes. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, has three Michelin stars and is considered the third best restaurant in the world. Even without the acclaim, he is a person I'd love to meet.

Here is the trailer for the series. I cannot wait to see the rest of the films and am already looking forward to season 2. Have you seen Chef's Table yet?


Tina 9/26/15, 6:56 AM  

I have never heard of Chef's Table and Netflicks is the only delivery of media we have, must look into it. I was always a fan of things like Bourdain's No Reservations ( although he could be a bit of the smartest sometimes). I will Che k out your link when I get to Starbucks, free internet ☺️ Verizon allows us 5 gigs and we are almost there!

JoAnn 9/26/15, 7:31 AM  

Thank you for reminding me about Chef's Table. I watched that first episode over the summer and absolutely loved it!! After a summer of evenings on the patio, we are heading inside earlier now... that means more time for television (or Netflix).

Katherine P 9/26/15, 8:53 AM  

I have this on my Watch List on Netflix but haven't watched it yet! I definitely need to bump this up the queue. I think I'd love it!

bermudaonion 9/26/15, 9:28 AM  

I'll have to check with him to be sure, but I think Carl has watched this.

Sheila (Bookjourney) 9/26/15, 10:36 AM  

I love foody books and shows - I am going to look for this one.

Vicki 9/26/15, 11:24 AM  

I'm addicted to foodie shows, but I've never seen Chef's Table. I'll have to look for it.

Nan 9/26/15, 12:42 PM  

I'll look into the show. Speaking of Italy, I just read that pasta consumption is down 25% there because of the whole low-carb and gluten free thing.

RealLifeReading 9/26/15, 2:13 PM  

I've seen the first episode - or part of it! It was pretty good to watch and I'm not sure why I haven't continued. Thanks for the reminder!

Megan 9/26/15, 2:44 PM  

I'm presently addicted to watching Chopped on Netflix and seeing the magic chefs can work even with no time and weird ingredients. Chef's Table sounds like an excellent follow-up to that. I'll definitely be checking it out!

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories 9/27/15, 7:28 PM  

I will have to check out this show on Netflix, I love foodie TV. I haven't linked up on awhile bUT I finally posted a menu plan on my blog and thouthought I would share. Thanks for hosting a delicious linkup!

Heidenkind 9/28/15, 2:33 AM  

I finished off the entire first season about a week ago. While I do agree that Massimo was absolutely adorable, I did not find the rest of the series to be as compelling.

Jackie McGuinness 9/28/15, 10:07 AM  

Will have to find this!

Right now I am watching all the taped episodes of My Kitchen Rules from the last 3 weeks. I am addicted to that show.

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