I always believed that great Chefs are great Artists. That they produce art. They also have difficult, complicated and fascinating personalities.
I recently came across a Netflix TV series, called “Chef’s table” and was absolutely besotted! It consists of 3 seasons, the last one appeared just on September 2nd.
For anyone who considers himself a foodie, who enjoys travelling and the finer things in life, this is a must watch series. I promise you will enjoy it!
Produced in HD, the cinematography and food photography is simply amazing, dressed with the most appropriate soundtracks. It also gives you the opportunity to see the backstage of some of the top restaurants in the world.
The stories of all of the featured chefs, from all corners of the globe, are fascinating. All of them had to work hard to become the sought after stars they are today. All of them had to endure professional and personal hardships and had the perseverance to survive it all. Their success did not happen overnight! They had to work hard, accept guidance and training from others, more knowledgeable than them at the time, they had to overcome failure.
I was impressed by the fact that all of them are directly involved in choosing the ingredients they use. Many of them have farms and cultivate their own vegetable and fruit. All of them work closely with producers of all kinds, to achieve the best possible ingredients for their plates.
The documentary could be a seminar to the many aspiring young chefs of today, showing that cooking is an art, it takes passion, inspiration, strength, very hard work and many, many long hours!
But lets face it! Nothing brings people together like good food!
Massimo Bottura – Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
Dan Barber – Blue Hill – Manhattan, USA
Francis Mallman – 1884 – Argentina & Patagonia
Niki Nakayama – n/naka – Los Angeles, USA
Ben Shewry – Attica – Melbourne, Australia
Magnus Nilsson – Faviken – Jarpen, Sweden
Grant Achatz – Alinea – Chicago, USA
Alex Atala – DOM – Sao Paulo, Brazil (my personal favourite!)
Dominique Crenn – Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, USA
Enrique Olvera – Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
Ana Ros – Hisa Franko – Kobarid, Slovenia
Gaggan Anand – Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
Alain Passard – L’Arpege – Paris, France
Alexandre Couillon – La Marine – Noirmoutier, France
Adeline Grattard – Yam’Tcha – Paris, France
Michel Troisgros – Maison Troisgros – France