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Looking to get your foodie fix away from the kitchen? Meet the twelve TV shows that bring the heat of a professional kitchen to your living room. 

From the Netflix originals, including Somebody Feed Phil and Salt Fat Acid Heat, to traveling the world with Eddie Huang from the comfort of your sofa, here’s what to watch this week.

Somebody Feed Phil

Best known for writing, producing and creating the loveable American sitcom Everyone Love Raymond, Phillip Rosenthal has been presenting the Netflix original Somebody Feed Phil for four seasons now and the travel documentary series follows Phil as he guides you on a journey around the seven seas. Each episode explores a different city, documenting the culture, historical sites and, of course, the cuisine.

The show is now in its fourth season, Phil has stopped by and delved deep into the flavourful cuisines in Singapore, Hawaii, Venice, Dublin, London, Seoul and many more glorious cities around the world. Sit back, relax and let Phil guide you on a culinary journey without having to fork out on the hefty flight price tag.

Salt Fat Acid Heat

According to chef and food writer Samin Nosrat there are four main elements that unite different cuisines together: salt, fat, acid and heat. Based on her award-winning book of the same name, the Netflix original Salt Fat Acid Heat is a four-part series that journeys to different countries around the world in search of foods that really eek out those four components and explores how important they all are to cooking. 

Journey from Japan to Italy, to her current home of California as Samin illustrates the power of these four culinary elements. 

The Chef Show 

If you loved the 2014 movie Chef written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, you’ll love this Netflix original. Jon and Chef Roy Choi who worked on the film together reunite for this travel series celebrating the fresh, flavour packed culinary experiences across the world.

From experimenting with different cultural flavours to ancient cooking techniques, Jon and Roy bring together some of the biggest and best names in the entertainment and culinary industry, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Robert Rodriguez.  

If you loved the 2014 movie Chef written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, you’ll love this Netflix original.

Cooked

Drawing inspiration from the different natural elements and its relationship in cooking methods over the centuries, American author and journalist Michael Pollan delves deep into the primal human desire to cook. He also explores how the communalism of food and cooking helps to bring communities together. 

Over the course of four episodes, Michael tries baking, brewing and braising while he investigates the four natural elements: fire, water, earth and air.

F*ck, That’s Delicious 

Before Action Bronson became the star rapper he is today, he trained as a chef in New York and even starred in his own online cooking show. Through the four seasons, Action reverts back to his roots as explores some of his favourite foodie spots around the world, drawing inspiration from the flavours, cultures and communities he meets along the way. 

Along the way he’s joined by his childhood friends Meyhem Lauren and Big Body Bes, and all four seasons can be enjoyed on All 4.

Chef’s Table 

If you could have a dinner party cooked by any chef in the world, who would it be? Let your reality come alive (kind of) in Netflix’s Chef’s Table series. Now in its sixth season, Chef’s Table brings some of the most world renowned and celebrated chefs to the table to bring their culinary expertise alive. 

Each chef is asked to create a truly remarkable creation whilst sharing their personal stories, inspirations and the story behind their infamous techniques, style and unique flavour combinations. Featured chefs include Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Ben Shewry and Magnus Nilsson.

High Cuisine

Fancy seeing celebrity chefs compete against one another in a cooking showdown while high? Of course you do. 

High Cuisine is a series that follows two chefs as they go head to head with each other to create the finest plant-based dishes they can create. The challenge? They’ve got to do it whilst high. It’s a hilarious show from showrunner Asher Brown and is definitely one to tune in and out of. 

Street Food Latin America 

With the air bridges closed for now, get your traveling fix courtesy of Netflix’s new foodie documentary series, Street Food Latin America. This Netflix original series does what it says on the tin really, showing you the biggest and best of the streets of Latin American cities. 

Each of the episodes explores a different city across Latin America, from Oaxaca, Mexico to La Paz, Bolivia, delving into the rich, spicy and comforting flavours and techniques created by the communities and how the ancient techniques are still used by locals today. 

Ugly Delicious 

Described by Netflix as ‘All the flavour. None of the BS’, celebrity chef David Chang takes his friends on a cross-cultural adventure to some of the culinary prime spots around the world. 

Along the way he is joined by fellow artists, chefs, activists and writers who help to break down the stereotypes and cultural barriers created by Westernisation of the food industry. With two seasons to binge through, you’ll be left with your tummy rumbling but inspired to reap all of the culinary delights in your own kitchen.

Dead Set on Life 

From corner shop subs to five-star dining, chef Matty Matheson isn’t one to dismiss what’s in front of him. In Dead Set on Life, join the Canadian chef as he takes on an adventure travelling across Canada and beyond, sampling some of the finest and most authentic food on offer. 

Along the way he meets friends, both old and new, chatting about the food that he munches into along his journey.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Food is such a big part of any culture, from recipes passed down from centuries to feasting around dinner tables. Join the late chef Anthony Bourdain as he journeys around the world exploring the little-known areas and celebrates the diversity of cultures through food and dining rituals. 

The series ran for twelve series, up until the death of Bourdain, so it’s a really great show to re-watch uncovering what Bourdain discovered and told the world.

Huang’s World 

Join clothing designer, restaurateur, TV host and author Eddie Huang as he delves deep into the history, culture and food of countries around the world. From traveling along the border of Mexico through to drinking ancient wines in Burgundy, the documentary series showcases the world through food in a fun, different way. 

As All 4 put it, Huang ‘uses food to explore race, identity and multiculturalism’.


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