Since its inception, Netflix has often sought expansion in all corners of the television landscape. From scripted dramas to competition series, there is nothing the streamer won’t try. And, it’s in the spirit of this expansion where we find one of the company’s most successful genres: food porn. And, it’s in this subset where we find the latest and possibly best addition to the catalog: John Favreau’s The Chef Show.
Starring the acclaimed filmmaker and celebrity chef Roy Choi, The Chef Show follows the dynamic duo on their adventures seeking to find the joy in cooking they once shared while working together on the film Chef.
Maybe it’s because of the upbeat nature of its hosts, maybe it’s because the show was completely independently produced (it’s clear a buyer had not been obtained at the time of filming), but whatever the reason, The Chef Show is the most insanely watchable and enjoyable food series Netflix has offered since the beginning of their push into the genre.
Chef Show is part cooking show, but also part Favreau/Choi hobby project with cameras all around. But, thanks to a very clear love and respect based relationship between the two, what could have gone the route of vanity project ends up being a great look at what food can bring to a strong human foundation.
The series, much like the attitude of Choi himself, doesn’t romanticize the idea of food. It merely uses the food as a springboard for fun things Jon and Roy can do together as the best buds they clearly are. If one could turn a buddy cop movie into a cooking show, the result would be The Chef Show.
In the end, what audiences will find in The Chef Show is something wholly enjoyable, watchable and bingable. In a landscape filled with dread, there’s something refreshing about a show steeped in as much positivity as this one is.
One can only hope the first season sees enough success to garner a second because for there not to be one would be one of the biggest crimes in the history of unscripted reality television. It is the show we need and deserve right now. It is a show that reminds us of what it means to be open and welcoming to the world and all it has to offer in a time of uncertainty.
Put simply, The Chef Show is perfect food television.