The month of April promises to take ‘Netflix and Chill’ to a whole new level as we’re all confined to our homes and have a lot more free time in the evenings. So we’ve done a round-up of food and cooking based shows, some old, some new, you can click on while browsing your options while on lockdown. You can also check out our previous months' suggestions, for February and March, for anything you might have missed.
Cooked with Cannabis
Well, if Kellis’ Milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, then her cooking show brings all the chefs to the studio to create three-course meals with cannabis as the active ingredient. The format is much like any cooking competition and there are six episodes to get through.
Nadiya’s Time to Eat
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain's Time To Eat is a cooking show focusing on time poor families and how they can make the most of their limited time in the kitchen to create more nutritious and delicious dinners. Many of us have a lot more time on our hands with the lockdown, but some of us are even busier, no matter Hussein is a ray of sunshine and super talented chef, always watchable and informative.
The Missing Menu
Malaysian family drama about a single mom and skilled chef yearns for her children to settle down and offers them life lessons through the special dishes she creates. Made in 2016, it’s been on Netflix since last year and is gradually picking up steam.
Emmy Award-winning film maker Ken Burns’ documentary traces the 18th amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol and the repeal of prohibition. A very well researched and expertly told cautionary tale that fills in the gaps in our knowledge about a time in US history that currently holds so much fascination for us.
The Taco Chronicles
A Spanish-language 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.
Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma
Not available in the US yet, but a bizarre food-based Anime that is something completely different. Young chef Soma enters the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Academy, where he must emerge victorious in over-the-top cooking battles or face expulsion.
Million Pound Menu
Restaurant Apprentice type reality show, in twelve parts hosted by Fred Sirieix. Participants try to convince a jury that their new pop-up restaurant ideas could work. Made in 2018, this month, it seems like in another universe.
Restaurants On The Edge
This has been around for a while, and of course, now all restaurants are on the edge, but if you’re looking for mind-numbing reality TV to take your mind off more serious matters, it’s like a kind of balm. A team of three experts -- a restaurateur, a designer and a chef -- tap into a restaurant's surroundings and community to remodel each business.
As England gets ready to reopen its restaurants on 12 April for outdoor dining after the lockdowns, restaurateurs and bar owners respond to the new legislation with some exciting pop-ups and creative al fresco dining solutions. Find out more.