Chef's Table (2015–2019)

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Chef's Table (TV Series 2015–2019)

Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.
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IMDb   8.5 /10
TheMovieDb    8.0 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   7.5 /10
Creators
Creator Clay Jeter
Creator Brian McGinn
Information
Release Date2015-04-26
Runtime50min
GenreDocumentary
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop rated TV #197 | Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys2 wins & 14 nominations total
CompanyBoardwalk Pictures, City Room Creative, FINCH
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
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Chef's Table

Chef's Table is the first original Netflix documentary series, and premiered on April 26, 2015. The series focuses on specific chefs, exploring their philosophies and approaches to cooking. The series was renewed for a seventh and eighth season on May 20, 2019.


Background

Each episode of the series focuses on a specific chef, and explores their personal philosophies and approach to cooking. Creator David Gelb considers it a follow-up to his documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Both documentaries make use of cinematography and production techniques based on traditional filmmaking rather than reality television.


Episodes

VolumeEpisodesOriginally released
16April 26, 2015
26May 27, 2016
36February 17, 2017
44April 13, 2018
54September 28, 2018
64February 22, 2019

Volume 1 (2015)

No.

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No. in

season

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
11Massimo BotturaOsteria Francescana
Modena, Italy
David GelbApril 26, 2015
22Dan BarberBlue Hill Restaurant
New York City and Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York), United States
Clay JeterApril 26, 2015
33Francis MallmannPatagonia Sur
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Clay JeterApril 26, 2015
44Niki Nakayaman/naka
Los Angeles, United States
Andrew FriedApril 26, 2015
55Ben ShewryAttica
Melbourne, Australia
Brian McGinnApril 26, 2015
66Magnus NilssonFäviken
Järpen, Sweden
Brian McGinnApril 26, 2015

Volume 2 (2016)

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season

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
71Grant AchatzAlinea
Chicago, United States
Brian McGinnMay 27, 2016
82Alex AtalaD. O. M.
São Paulo, Brazil
Clay JeterMay 27, 2016
93Dominique CrennAtelier Crenn
San Francisco, United States
Andrew FriedMay 27, 2016
104Enrique OlveraPujol
Mexico City, Mexico
Clay JeterMay 27, 2016
115Ana RošHiša Franko
Kobarid, Slovenia
Abigail FullerMay 27, 2016
126Gaggan AnandGaggan
Bangkok, Thailand
David GelbMay 27, 2016

Volume 3 (2017)

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season

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
131Jeong KwanChunjinam Hermitage at Baekyangsa
Jangseong County, South Korea
David GelbFebruary 17, 2017
142Vladimir MukhinWhite Rabbit
Moscow, Russia
Brian McGinnFebruary 17, 2017
153Nancy SilvertonMozza
Los Angeles, United States
Andrew FriedFebruary 17, 2017
164Ivan OrkinIvan Ramen
Tokyo, Japan closed
New York City, United States
David GelbFebruary 17, 2017
175Tim RaueRestaurant Tim Raue
Berlin, Germany
Abigail FullerFebruary 17, 2017
186Virgilio MartínezCentral
Lima, Peru
Clay JeterFebruary 17, 2017

Volume 4: Pastry (2018)

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season

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
191Christina TosiMilk Bar
New York City, United States
Andrew FriedApril 13, 2018
202Corrado AssenzaCaffè Sicilia
Noto, Italy
Brian McGinnApril 13, 2018
213Jordi RocaEl Celler de Can Roca
Girona, Spain
David GelbApril 13, 2018
224Will GoldfarbRoom 4 Dessert
Ubud, Indonesia
Brian McGinnApril 13, 2018

Volume 5 (2018)

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ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
231Cristina MartinezSouth Philly Barbacoa
Philadelphia, United States
Abigail FullerSeptember 28, 2018
242Musa DağdevirenÇiya
Istanbul, Turkey
Clay JeterSeptember 28, 2018
253Bo SongvisavaBo.lan
Bangkok, Thailand
Andrew FriedSeptember 28, 2018
264Albert AdriàTickets
Barcelona, Spain
Jim GoldblumSeptember 28, 2018

Volume 6 (2019)

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season

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
271Mashama BaileyThe Grey
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Abigail FullerFebruary 22, 2019
282Dario CecchiniSolociccia
Panzano, Tuscany, Italy
Jim GoldblumFebruary 22, 2019
293Asma KhanDarjeeling Express
London, United Kingdom
Zia MandviwallaFebruary 22, 2019
304Sean BrockHusk
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Clay JeterFebruary 22, 2019


Chef's Table: France

Chef's Table: France
GenreDocumentary
Created byDavid Gelb
Directed byClay Jeter, Brian McGinn , Andrew Fried, Abigail Fuller
Presented byBoardwalk Pictures, Supper Club
Theme music composerVivaldi - Winter, The Four Seasons (Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297) - Recomposed by Max Richter
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producersAndrew Fried, David Gelb, Brian McGinn, Lisa Nishimura, Matt Weaver
ProducersDane Lillegard, Brian McGinn , Andrew Fried
Running time50 minutes
Production companiesNetflix, Boardwalk Pictures, Supper Club
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatDigital (HDTV)
First shown inWorldwide
Original releaseSeptember 2, 2016
External links
Netflix

A spin-off, titled Chef's Table: France was released in September 2016.

Volume 1 (2016)

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ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
1Alain Passard(L'Arpège in Paris, France)David GelbSeptember 2, 2016
2Alexandre Couillon(La Marine in Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, France)Clay JeterSeptember 2, 2016
3Adeline Grattard(Yam’Tcha in Paris, France)Andrew FriedSeptember 2, 2016
4Michel Troisgros(La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France)David GelbSeptember 2, 2016

Chef's Table: BBQ

Chef's Table: BBQ
GenreDocumentary
Created byDavid Gelb
Presented byBoardwalk Pictures, Supper Club
Theme music composerVivaldi - Winter, The Four Seasons (Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297) - Recomposed by Max Richter
Original languageUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producersDavid Gelb, Brian McGinn, Andrew Fried
ProducerTBA
Running time45-50 minutes
Production companiesNetflix, Boardwalk Pictures, Supper Club
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatDigital (HDTV)
First shown inWorldwide
Original releaseSeptember 2, 2020
External links
Netflix

A second spin-off, titled Chef's Table: BBQ premiered on September 2, 2020.

Volume 1 (2020)

No.

overall

ChefRestaurantDirected byReleased date
1Tootsie TomanetzSnow's BBQ
Lexington, Texas, United States
Zia MandviwallaSeptember 2, 2020
2Lennox HastieFiredoor
Sydney, Australia
Brian McGinnSeptember 2, 2020
3Rodney ScottRodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Clay JeterSeptember 2, 2020
4Rosalia Chay ChucCochinita Pibil
Yaxuná, Mexico
Zia MandviwallaSeptember 2, 2020

Reception

The series has been well received since it aired in 2015 and has been praised for its cinematography, score, and production.

Chef's Table has been parodied numerous times. Gods of Food, which satirizes Chef's Table and the restaurant industry, was produced by the YouTube comedy channel CollegeHumor. The IFC series Portlandia parodied the series in an episode about an airport sushi chef.


Awards

YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef
Chef's Table Season 1
2015Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)Duncan Thum for "Francis Mallmann"Nominated
2015International Documentary Association AwardsBest Episodic SeriesChef's TableWon
2016James Beard Foundation AwardVisual and Technical ExcellenceChef's TableWon
Chef's Table Season 2
2016MPSE Golden Reel AwardsBest Sound Editing - Short Form Documentary in TelevisionWilliam McGuiganNominated
2016Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesChef's TableNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction ProgramDavid Gelb for "Gaggan Anand"Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)Duncan Thum for "Grant Achatz"Nominated
2016International Documentary Association AwardsBest Episodic SeriesChef's TableNominated
2017James Beard Foundation AwardBest Television Program, on LocationChef's TableWon
Chef's Table Season 3
2017Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesChef's TableNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction ProgramWill Basanta for "Virgilio Martinez"Nominated
2018James Beard Foundation AwardBest Television Program, on Location"Jeong Kwan"Won
Chef's Table Season 4: Pastry
2018Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction ProgramAdam Bricker for "Corrado Assenza"Nominated