Of all the streaming platforms, Netflix offers the most extensive buffet of food shows. While Chef’s Table and Salt Fat Acid Heat are among the most well-known items, there’s a whole lot of others worth dining on. Here are seven of our favourites.
‘Million Pound Menu’
This show is the Shark Tank of food shows. Budding restaurateurs and chefs come together to form business plans and menus in the hopes of wowing picky investors and customers. It’s an exhilarating and emotional reality series.
Creators: Natalie McArdle, Shaun Parry
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
‘The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell’
In The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, host Christine McConnell makes spooky edible objects inside an eerie mansion full of props made by Jim Henson Company, the American entertainment company that created the Muppets. McConnell crafts morbid-looking desserts like gingerbread haunted houses, caramel spiders and bones made of pretzel sticks, peanut butter and white chocolate.
Seasons: 1 (2018)
‘Worst Cooks in America’
Reality show Worst Cooks in America (pictured above) is essentially boot camp for chefs. This show takes contestants with poor culinary skills through a crash course of cooking lessons and challenges. Recruits are trained in baking, knife skills, seasoning and preparation, and are judged by a panel of food critics. The final challenge is to cook a restaurant-quality three-course meal for the panel.
Directors: Peter J Babington, Michael Pearlman, Dax Rhorer, Alfonso Trinidad
Seasons: 18 (2010-2020)
‘Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories’
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is a hidden gem on Netflix. The show follows the life of the owner of Meshiya, a 12-seat diner in Tokyo. Open from midnight to 7am, it’s a popular spot in the Shinjuku neighbourhood.
Directors: Joji Matsuoka, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Seasons: 2 (2016, 2019)
Samurai Gourmet follows the culinary adventures of 60-year-old Japanese retiree, Takeshi Kasumi. An avid fan of manga, Kasumi often wonders how a samurai would navigate tricky situations in his own life. In each episode, Kasumi imagines how a samurai would deal with the situation he’s currently in. His reverie always takes place mid-meal.
Directors: Michihito Fujii, Mamoru Hoshi
Writers: Masayuki Kusumi, Yoshihiro Taguchi, Kiyoto Wada
Seasons: 1 (2017)
‘The Mind of a Chef’
Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, this show combines cooking and travel and introduces viewers to the philosophies of chefs from across the world.
Cast: Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Sean Brock
Seasons: 5 (2012-2017)
Flavorful Origins is a television documentary series that explores ingredients and culinary techniques native to China’s Chaoshan and Yunnan regions.
Seasons: 2 (2019)
For more food shows and movies on Netflix, see here.