Netflix has released a lot of great food programs over the last few years, but none have been as singularly focused on the act of cooking as “The Chef Show,” a new series starring Kogi empire builder Roy Choi and actor/writer/director Jon Favreau.
In each episode, you see these two friends work through every step of their favorite recipes, with running commentary from Choi about the techniques involved.
Although the series includes cameos from an array of famous people — Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, David Chang— the most memorable moments are found in these kitchen scenes, where Choi and Favreau bring dishes like kimchi fried rice and pasta aglio e olio to life.
Gene Graham’s “This One’s for the Ladies,” the first NC-17 documentary released in over a decade, profiles a group of male strippers in Newark, New Jersey and the fans who adore them.
Made in response to the lack of black representation in 2012’s “Magic Mike” starring Channing Tatum, but enhanced with a similar (if more pointed) sensitivity toward economic struggle and collective strength, Graham’s film is drawn to the dingiest recreation center in New Jersey because there’s something beautiful about what happens there every Thursday night.
It’s a kind of communal transformation: A multi-purpose space becomes a dance floor, a kitchen becomes a potluck, ex-cons become superheroes, and mothers who are holding their families together by a thread become fangirls.
“This One’s for the Ladies” is currently playing at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9. It will expand to more theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on June 14.
In addition to working on a Los Angeles restaurant with Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow, serving as an advisor to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and publishing her first cookbook, acclaimed chef Gabriela Cámara is also the star of a new Netflix documentary.
Judging by the trailer, “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” director Trisha Ziff will explore the connection between Cámara’s Mexico City destination Contramar and her lauded San Francisco restaurant Cala.
While many Netflix documentaries like “Chef’s Table” and “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” lean heavily on the craft of cooking, it looks like this one will focus on the business of running restaurants — and specifically creating a sense of community among the staff.
“A Tale of Two Kitchens” premieres May 22 on Netflix.
The makers of “Chef’s Table” have a new series headed to Netflix later this month that will focus on the renowned street vendors who sell inexpensive food in modest, family-run restaurants and hawker stalls in Asia.
In the just-released trailer for “Street Food,” vendors are shown preparing a dizzying array of noodles, seafood dishes, roasted meats, soups, and snacks. It’s clear from the trailer that, much like “Chef’s Table,” the new show will cover the life stories of these talented cooks while also highlighting their signature dishes.
Each episode focuses on one destination and three or four local street food stars. For its first season, dubbed “Street Food: Asia,” the series will take viewers to Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
One of the vendors included in the series is Jay Fai, the first Bangkok street-side cook to receive a Michelin star.