The trailer for Netflix’s newest food offering, The Final Table, has just been released. The cooking competition, which features some of the sharpest culinary stars of the hour, will begin streaming November 20th.
Judged by the world’s biggest chefs, The Final Table spilts 24 chef contestants into 12 teams of two. These teams compete in different challenges across nine different countries. Winners of local challenges will then compete at the final table, where judges: Andoni Luis Aduriz, Enrique Olvera, Grant Achatz, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Anne-Sophie Pic, Vineet Bhatia, Clare Smyth, Carlo Cracco and Helena Rizzo will use their expertise to choose a winner. Each episode will focus on the country of one of the judges, taking in the local cuisine of the area, the culture and traditions along the way.
The Final Table jury were revealed when the show was first announced and the trailer shows snippets of a few of them: Clare Smyth (UK), Grant Achatz (USA) and Enrique Olvera (Mexico). However, chefs are not the only guests, the show’s line up also includes food critics and local celebrities from each of the nine countries.
It's a high budget, ambitious cooking competition and one of Netflix's first steps into original programming of this nature. The show will highlight diverse cultures, ethnicities and cuisines with Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the USA, India and Italy all featuring, the question is, are we still hungry for food cook offs?
Below is the list of all 24 chef contestants in 12 teams: it's packed with supreme talent.
Aaron Bludorn (New York, NY) and Graham Campbell (Dundee, Scotland/UK)
Darren MacLean (Calgary, AB, CA) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Los Angeles, CA)
Shin Takagi (Kanazawa) and Ronald Hsu (Atlanta, GA)
Alex Haupt (Amsterdam) and Ash Heeger (Cape Town, South Africa)
Shane Osborn (Hong Kong) and Mark Best (Australia)
Monique Fiso (Wellington, NZ) and Amninder Sandhu (Mumbai, India)
James Knappett (London, UK) and Angel Vazquez (Puebla, MX)
Jessica Lorigio (San Sebastian) and Johnny Spero (Washington DC, USA)
Collin Brown (England) and Colibri Jimenez (Mexico City, MX)
Esdras Ochoa (Hong Kong) and Rafa Gil (Hong Kong)
Charles Michel (Colombia & France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Ecuador)
Manuel Berganza (Singapore) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Madrid, Spain)
Food critics include:
Sam Sifton (United States)
Mariana Camacho (Mexico)
Borja Beneyto (Spain)
Jay Rayner (United Kingdom)
Josimar Melo (Brazil)
Rashmi Uday Singh (India)
Andrea Petrini (Italy
Francois-Regis Gaudry (France)
Akiko Katayama (Japan)
The ‘ambassadors’ from nine countries involved in judging the local dishes are:
Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard (United States)
Martha Higareda and Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico)
Miguel Bose and Ana Polvorosa (Spain)
Gary Lineker and Cat Deeley (United Kingdom)
Alessandra Ambrosio and Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
Hasan Minhaj and Ranganathan Madhavan (India)
Alessandro Del Piero and Eleonora Cozzella (Italy)
Esterelle Payany (France)
Hikari Mori and Yuji Ayabe (Japan)