Chef’s Table on Netflix

This is a series of cooking shows analysing the impact different chefs have had on their local cuisine. This is also quite topical with its focus on current affairs as well as food provenance. There is a big push at the moment to get America understanding what real food actually is and to get them back in the kitchen cooking real food. I like the authenticity of finding chefs that still do things the traditional way even if they don’t speak English which is often the case.

The first episode of the 6th volume is on Southern US cuisine and how it’s been brought up to date and served in a high class restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. It agains focuses on slavery and its affect on daily life in America. There is a big focus on this in American cooking shows right now as I’ve been watching Michael Pollen’s Cooked also and the Fire episode features this quite heavily.

The 2nd episode is on meat because of the big rise in vegetarian and vegan food as a throwback to the BSE crisis (In the UK) and the contamination of meat with horse (Europe). In this episode you get to practice your Italian as the chef and butcher in question, Dario Cecchi, is Tuscan. There are subtitles which I find is easier than listening to Italian and English concurrently. There is also an appearance from lady of the hour Samin Nosrat.

The 3rd is on women’s rise in the workplace especially minorities. This has the focus on the role that the chef has played in her life before becoming a cook. It continues showing how her life developed and improved when she could connect to the women in the local area. Later on she is able to provide them with jobs to further connect them to their roots. This episode is more about the fulfilment you get from creating a community through cooking with women like yourself. It is less about actual cooking than you would expect for a cooking show. See here Revelations gained while watching Netflix for what I gained from this episode in particular.

If you are a second daughter from an Indian community I expect you can resonate quite strongly with it. I found that I connected with her as I wasn’t taught how to cook and had to learn for myself. I was also the tomboy who was more concerned with intellect and wanted to be respected for that. I know that loneliness from being isolated from your community but I know very few autistic women. Women on the whole are not diagnosed because all the criteria are set for men. We present very differently and can fly under the radar as we have learnt more coping skills than men.

The fourth episode is again on Southern US cuisine but features more about the mental and physical health of the cook along with his obsessive nature. He works in Charleston South Carolina. His focus is on farming as he grew up in a rural community. It’s about getting back to your roots to understand who you are, where you come from and what that means in terms of food heritage.

Here the chef is a white guy this time as you have to balance it out having had a black lady, an Italian guy and an Indian woman.

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