Stream Police: Allez Cuisine Edition

Posted in Screening Room by - November 17, 2015

There are a whole lot cooking shows and cooking related programming on Netflix, but I’ve picked my absolute favorites for this week’s Stream Police. Check it out, cook some good food, and learn a little!

The British Baking Show

I had never seen this show until last week, and honestly, it may be the best competitive cooking show I’ve ever seen. Not only are there not ridiculous gimmicks like Cutthroat Kitchen or Cupcake Wars, this show tests not only the contestants baking skills but their knowledge. Couple that with a uniquely British sense of humor through the two hosts, and you’ve got a show that has been copied in over seventeen countries due to its popularity. It’s a one of a kind show that can’t be missed.

For Fans Of: Iron ChefGood Eats, wry British humor

Chef’s Table

Chef’s Table is one of the lesser known shows that is exclusive to Netflix, but its one that not just foodies can enjoy. Focusing on a different chef each episode, they focus on a particular trend, topic, or event that is shaping the future of food today. From saving thousands of wheels of cheese from an earthquake to celebrating open-fire style cooking, the show is food porn. Everything that is cooked is shot so expertly and with a deft hand that you feel like you are right there in the kitchen with the chef, watching them prepare the food. 

For Fans Of: Food Porn, PBS, chefs doing chef things

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

It’d be remiss of me to not mention Jiro Dreams of Sushi when talking about the best food-centric programming on Netflix. The documentary focuses on Jiro Ono, the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, as he goes about his daily life creating sushi at his Michelin three-star restaurant. It also shows the dichotomy between Jiro and his two sons as they try to live up to their father’s name and talent. It’s an interesting look at what drives someone to be the best at their craft, and also it highlights the meticulous art that is sushi. 

For Fans Of: Iron Chef, sushi, Japanese culture

Today’s Special

I guarantee you’ve never heard of Today’s Special which is a bummer because it’s a really well done indie cooking film. Based on the play Sakina’s Restaurant, the film follows Aasif Mandavi as a sous chef who becomes frustrated with his boss and quits. After quitting he takes over his family’s failing Indian restaurant and, with some help from a legendary chef, begins to turn it around. The actors are great and it’s a really funny film on top of it. If you’re a fan of Indian food or culture, you should definitely check it out.  

For Fans Of: Indian culture, indie films, comedies

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain is my favorite chef. His acerbic wit and general snarky attitude coupled with his deep love and knowledge of food make him the perfect host for a show. He’s hosted two previous shows for Travel Channel, No Reservations and The Layover, but Parts Unknown is by far his best. The show has Bourdain traveling around the globe sampling food and discovering the unique cultures. There are four seasons on Netflix and its still on the air. 

For Fans Of: snark, global cultures, drinking

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Chris Stachiw is the Editor-in-Chief and co-host of the Kulturecast. He's a native Californian with a penchant for sarcasm and a taste for the cinematic bizarre. You'll often find him wandering the wasteland of Nebraska searching for the meaning of life and possibly another rare Pokemon.
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