Chef's Table

Chef's Table is an American documentary series created by David Gelb[1] which premiered on video streaming service Netflix on April 26, 2015.[2] The series takes viewers inside both the lives and kitchens of a variety of the world's most acclaimed and successful international chefs,[3] with each episode placing the spotlight on a single chef and exploring the unique lives, talents and passions which influence their style of cooking. The series has been nominated for and awarded a variety of awards, including 8 Emmy nominations,[4] and was renewed for a seventh and eighth season on May 20, 2019.[5]

Chef's Table
Chef's Table.jpg
Cover photo
GenreDocumentary
Created byDavid Gelb
Directed by
Presented by
  • Boardwalk Pictures
  • Supper Club
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6 (+2 spin-offs)
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Danny O'Malley
  • Drew Palombi
  • Claire Dagress
  • John Henion
  • Michael Hilliard
Cinematography
Editors
  • Jason Moll
  • Matt Mascia
  • Robinson Eng
  • Jay Garcia
  • Brianne Hunt
  • Brian Triebwasser
  • Hannah Tripp
  • Dante Pasquinelli
Production companies
  • Netflix
  • Boardwalk Pictures
  • Supper Club
  • FINCH
  • Itaca Films
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatDigital (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) –
present (present)

BackgroundEdit

Each episode of the series focuses on a specific chef, and explores their personal philosophies and approach to cooking.[6] 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.[7]

EpisodesEdit

VolumeEpisodesOriginally released
16April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
26May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
France4September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)
36February 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
44April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
54September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
64February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
BBQ4September 2, 2020 (2020-09-02)

Volume 1 (2015)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
11Massimo BotturaOsteria Francescana in Modena, ItalyDavid GelbApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
22Dan BarberBlue Hill Restaurant in New York City and Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York), United StatesClay JeterApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
33Francis MallmannPatagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaClay JeterApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
44Niki Nakayaman/naka in Los Angeles, United StatesAndrew FriedApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
55Ben ShewryAttica in Melbourne, AustraliaBrian McGinnApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
66Magnus NilssonFäviken in Järpen, SwedenBrian McGinnApril 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)

Volume 2 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
71Grant AchatzAlinea in Chicago, United StatesBrian McGinnMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
82Alex AtalaD.O.M. in São Paulo, BrazilClay JeterMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
93Dominique CrennAtelier Crenn in San Francisco, United StatesAndrew FriedMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
104Enrique OlveraPujol in Mexico City, MexicoClay JeterMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
115Ana RošHiša Franko in Kobarid, SloveniaAbigail FullerMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
126Gaggan AnandGaggan in Bangkok, ThailandDavid GelbMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)

Chef's Table: France (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
131Alain PassardL'Arpège in Paris, FranceDavid GelbSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)
142Alexandre CouillonLa Marine in Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, FranceClay JeterSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)
153Adeline GrattardYam’Tcha in Paris, FranceAndrew FriedSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)
164Michel TroisgrosLa Maison Troisgros in Roanne, FranceDavid GelbSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)

Volume 3 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
171Jeong KwanChunjinam Hermitage at Baekyangsa in Jangseong County, South KoreaDavid GelbFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
182Vladimir MukhinWhite Rabbit in Moscow, RussiaBrian McGinnFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
193Nancy SilvertonMozza in Los Angeles, United StatesAndrew FriedFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
204Ivan OrkinIvan Ramen in Tokyo, Japan closed in New York City, United StatesDavid GelbFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
215Tim RaueRestaurant Tim Raue in Berlin, GermanyAbigail FullerFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
226Virgilio MartínezCentral in Lima, PeruClay JeterFebruary 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)

Volume 4 - Pastry (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
231Christina TosiMilk Bar in New York City, United StatesAndrew FriedApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
242Corrado AssenzaCaffè Sicilia in Noto, ItalyBrian McGinnApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
253Jordi RocaEl Celler de Can Roca in Girona, SpainDavid GelbApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
264Will GoldfarbRoom 4 Dessert in Ubud, IndonesiaBrian McGinnApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)

Volume 5 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
271Cristina MartinezSouth Philly Barbacoa in Philadelphia, United StatesAbigail FullerSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
282Musa DağdevirenÇiya in Istanbul, TurkeyClay JeterSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
293Bo SongvisavaBo.lan in Bangkok, ThailandAndrew FriedSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
304Albert AdriàTickets in Barcelona, SpainJim GoldblumSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)

Volume 6 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
311Mashama BaileyThe Grey in Savannah, Georgia, United StatesAbigail FullerFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
322Dario CecchiniSolociccia in Panzano, Tuscany, ItalyJim GoldblumFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
333Asma KhanDarjeeling Express in London, United KingdomZia MandviwallaFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
344Sean BrockHusk in Charleston, South Carolina, United StatesClay JeterFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)

Chef's Table: BBQ (2020)Edit

A second spin-off, titled Chef's Table: BBQ premiered on September 2, 2020.[8]

No.
overall
No. in
season
ChefRestaurantDirected byOriginal release date
351Tootsie TomanetzSnow's BBQ in Lexington, Texas, United StatesZia MandviwallaSeptember 2, 2020 (2020-09-02)
362Lennox HastieFiredoor in Sydney, AustraliaBrian McGinnSeptember 2, 2020 (2020-09-02)
373Rodney ScottRodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston, South Carolina, United StatesClay JeterSeptember 2, 2020 (2020-09-02)
384Rosalia Chay ChucCochinita Pibil in Yaxuná, MexicoZia MandviwallaSeptember 2, 2020 (2020-09-02)

ReceptionEdit

The series has been well received since it aired in 2015 and has been praised for its cinematography, score, and production.[6][9]

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.[10] The IFC series Portlandia parodied the series in an episode about an airport sushi chef.[11]

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref
Season 1
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Duncan Thum for "Francis Mallmann" Nominated [12]
2015 International Documentary Association Awards Best Episodic Series Chef's Table Won [13]
2016 James Beard Foundation Award Visual and Technical Excellence Chef's Table Won [14]
Season 2
2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing - Short Form Documentary in Television William McGuigan Nominated [15]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Chef's Table Nominated [12]
Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program David Gelb for "Gaggan Anand" Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Duncan Thum for "Grant Achatz" Nominated
2016 International Documentary Association Awards Best Episodic Series Chef's Table Nominated [16]
2017 James Beard Foundation Award Best Television Program, on Location Chef's Table Won [17]
Season 3
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Chef's Table Nominated [18]
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program Will Basanta for "Virgilio Martinez" Nominated
2018 James Beard Foundation Award Best Television Program, on Location "Jeong Kwan" Won [19]
Season 4
2018 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program Adam Bricker for "Corrado Assenza" Nominated [20]

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Video: "Chef's Table: BBQ" - Official Trailer - Netflix". The Futon Critic. August 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Breheny, Emma. "How does Chef's Table season 5 stack up?". Gourmet Traveller. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  10. ^ Morabito, Greg (2019-08-21). "How Rekha Shankar Created a Pitch-Perfect 'Chef's Table' Parody With 'Gods of Food'". Eater. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  11. ^ "This 'Portlandia' Spoof of 'Chef's Table' Is All Too Perfect". Food & Wine. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
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  13. ^ "2015 IDA Documentary Awards". International Documentary Association. April 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  14. ^ "The 2016 Beard Award Winners!". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  15. ^ "2016 Golden Reel Awards Awards". mpse.org. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  16. ^ "2016 IDA Documentary Awards". International Documentary Association. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  17. ^ "The 2017 James Beard Media Award Winners". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  18. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  19. ^ "The 2018 James Beard Media Award Winners". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  20. ^ Hipes, Patrick (12 July 2018). "Emmy Nominations: 'Game Of Thrones' Tops Noms, With Netflix & HBO Leading Way – Full List". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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