If you’re looking for some food flavoured fare on Netflix in March, here’s a roundup of what to watch.
Food continues to be one of Netflix’s content pillars and their audience seems to have an insatiable appetite for all things culinary. So if you’re like us and your weekend viewing is consumed by food shows, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Here’s a menu of what Netflix is serving the food-obsessed in March.
David Chiang cements his position as probably the most watchable food television personality out there right now as his hugely entertaining Ugly Delicious returns for a second series. Season two, which premiers on the 6th of March has just half the number of episodes as season one with a focus on children’s food,Indian food, steak, and Middle Eastern food. Chiang travels widely in this series and joined by some well-known friends including actor Danny McBride, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, artist Dave Choe, and writers Helen Rosner and Chris Ying.
The Chef Show Volume 3
Netflix’s hugely popular Original The Chef Show returns for a third tranche of episodes as Hollywood director Jon Favreau and Korean-American chef Roy Choi are back in the kitchen and mostly around Las Vegas this time. With appearances from Wolfgang Puck,Sam Raimi, Sue Miliken and Susan Feniger there’s plenty to chow down on.
Eat Pray Love
Available to stream on Netflix since September of last year, the internationally best-selling novel, turned Hollywood blockbuster is inescapable as a significant part of the last decade’s pantheon of food-inspired stories. If you haven’t seen it, (you’re either 12 or a monk), it’s not as nbad as you think. It’s certainly something everyone will like.
When a loyal son decides to pursue his dream of becoming a high-end sommelier instead of joining the family BBQ business there ensues a tale of family tension that transcends both the food and wine aspect of the show’s premise. Staring Mamoudou Athie and Courtney B. Vance, it’s a well-acted drama that will resonate with everyone.
While season 2 of this Mandarin-language show has been available on Netflix since October of last year, it’s still definitely worth a watch this month for those curious to learn about other cultures through food.
The Taco Chronicles
Again, one from last year but his deep dive into the history and cultural context of the Mexican culinary phenomenon is a delight to the senses (mostly just the audio/visual ones). Exploring six different kinds of tacos―ingredients and cooking methods and with appearances by some of Mexico’s top chefs, there is plenty to enjoy.
Midnight Diner Tokyo Stories
This subtle, understated collection of vignettes give an insight in to Japanese life through the eyes of the misfits of Tokyo, who come to chef’s counter. The chef, known only as 'Master’ limits his menu to just tonjiru (pork miso soup), beer, sake and shochu. Otherwise, dishes are prepared according to the diners' requests, with tales of love and loss woven expertly together.
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