The new season of Netflix’s culinary documentary series, “Chef’s Table,” includes the series’ best-ever episode, not to mention three others that also rank very high on the list.
If you’re new to the “Chef’s Table” phenomenon, or if you’ve abandoned the series after getting fed up with all the temperamental geniuses on display, this new season is a great place to dive in. The show has a more diverse cast than any previous season, and the filmmakers are all working at the top of their games.
In terms of storytelling, cinematography, and emotional impact, the Cristina Martinez episode is a new high point for the series.
Martinez, the undocumented Mexican immigrant chef behind Philadelphia’s renowned restaurants South Philly Barbacoa and El Compadre, has an extraordinary life story that’s gracefully told here in an episode directed by Abigail Fuller.
Martinez found wild success in America by reclaiming a dish she was forced to make in an abusive relationship back in Mexico, and, in doing so, can thrive in North America while also supporting her daughter back home.
The last moment of the episode — a FaceTime conversation between Martinez and the daughter who she has not seen IRL in over a decade — is the kind of scene that will stick with you long after it’s over.
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