Chef's Table got us hungry for fine dining
We all have this book on our shelf that has been sitting there for what feels like forever, this book that we have been meaning to open for months or years, but for some reason, never managed to carry out the project.
As a food lover and cuisine addict, obviously, I had heard a lot about Chef's Table. Food related documentaries are my favourite; before the summer, I watched Cooked by Michael Polan and absolutely loved every minute of it. But there was something about Chef's Table that made me push it back. Maybe I was scared to be disappointed or to find it too pretentious?
Right before we left for our summer holiday, my boyfriend and I finally started the first episode and immediately got mesmerized by the talent of Massimo Bottura, the Chef at Osteria Francescana, who is currently at the top of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. We went on the restaurant's website out of curiosity only to discover that you couldn't even book a table; the system was down because of too many visitors. I guess we are not the only people binge-watching Netflix...
As the series goes on, the viewer is brought to the best restaurants in the world to meet some pretty incredible chefs, all passionate with their art, extremely talented and committed. Like in a normal TV show, some chefs are more lovable than others, simply because of their philosophy and how they see themselves and their career. We are almost done with Season 1 and although we are both loving it, we feel like a bit less personal story-telling would be welcome. But TV shows have their rules: they need to come with a dose of drama and story behind the story. In spite of this, we can only admire how very well produced, beautiful directed and pretty gripping this one is.