Humans not only have the urge and the need to eat, but to travel as well. Both cannot be done just for the sake of doing them. They are an art that can be lived, enjoyed and flourished! Generations have been combining the two to form experience across cultures and regions that have transformed us. Here are some of the shows that Netflix offers to appreciate and enjoy this art.
20 Top Food And Travel Shows On Netflix 2020
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1. Somebody Feed Phil
Travelling to discover the best places all around the world to eat is what Phillip Rosenthal does. The show is a travel documentary that takes you to restaurants or food experts at places that you will be able to find in cities known for their food. Loaded with Phill’s joy, the show begins with a theme song and imports you to places where you would not only find good, reasonable food but a comfortable hotel or some other place to put up.
Phill brings out a sense of connection between a tourist like you and me who might not understand the nuances of technical culinary skills but is a foodie to the core. The one hour journey that Phill takes you to is a true travel guide exploring not only the best eating places in cities like New York, Dublin, Cape town, but also a true travelling experience as he meets people like Nelson Mandela’s grandson who runs a non profitable organization Mandela Legacy. The show is ready for its third season.
2. Chef’s Table:
Exploration of a journey undertaken by the best chefs around the world, is what Chef’s Table is all about. The show is undoubtedly an Emmy Award Winner that transports people into the world of gourmet expertise and innovations by different chefs. The chefs are often people who are not only experts but innovators creating new-fangled dishes out of the traditional. As a travel show, the journey that one embarks on is not only to places with deep rooted and rich food culture, but into the lives of the chefs, who made a niche for themselves by cooking the food that they serve. This makes the show quite engaging and pleasurable to watch.
The perfect direction and music add to the beauty of the show. It is a six season documentary with four episodes. The viewers miss the six episode seasons as they feel their pleasure time has been reduced with the show airing only four episodes now.
3. Chef’s Table : France
Chef’s Table France is a spinoff of Chef’s Table. It delves into the lives and gastronomic skills of the renowned chefs of France. After all, French cuisine is in itself a repertoire of a wide range of foods and beverages.
The documentary is showcased on Friday and is a reflection of not only how culinary talent can transform some fundamental food item into a preparation that has an exotic flavor and marvelous aroma, but also reveals the very soul of the cook that he puts into creating a scrumptious delicacy. The show is popular with the French locals as it talks about cultural history of food and that too in their own language.
4. Ugly Delicious:
The host of the fifty-minute show, David Chang, travels around the world with his squad that includes writers, chefs, and other elites to discover twists given to traditional foods by the locals.
The show turns ugly and delicious at the same time with candid opinions about the variations done by the chefs, unearthing the cultural and social background of the food. What is interesting is that these revelations break many myths about food from different parts of the world. Change in his discovery of the most sought Chinese food discloses false estimations about it among the Westerners in one of his episodes.
5. Eat Your Words:
“Eat Your Words” sounds quite challenging and intriguing at the same time. The show is indeed a challenge for all those critics who post negative rankings about a particular food they ate in a restaurant. Kara Birkenstock, the host of the show, says that people find it quite convenient to post opinions on the internet, thinking themselves to be food experts.
These critics are invited to cook the same dishes that they criticized. The delicacy is judged by the experts and rated. If the critics get a high score, they get a gift certificate from the participating restaurant, but if they attain a low rating, they have to apologize to the restaurant.
Netflix has recently picked the two-season show for its inventive appeal.
6. A Cook Abroad:
The show is a real travelogue of the host to bring forth recipes of food from different parts of the world. The host is always a new one, a chef who traverses not just to explore food and its history but studies and interacts with farmers, cooks, nomads who have managed to save the traditional recipes skillfully. This brings an exploratory appeal to the show.
The six-episode series envelops a journey into the cultural legacy of food, its production, preparation, and technique adopted by people who help the recipe survive and flourish. In episode two, Tony Singh, who starts from Amritsar and ends the journey in Delhi, is seen cooking the food of luxury.
7. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father:
This documentary began with the journey of a famous comedian Jack Whitehall, who travels around the world with his father, Michael Whitehall, who is a former producer. The father-son duo creates an exciting session of hilarity and adventure.
The essential element of the show is the contrast between the personalities of the two. The son is impetuous while the father is austere. Yet they undertake a journey to South East Asia and indulge in an elephant polo match and visit a shrine dedicated to Chuchok. The sea kayak, travel on the Orient Express, and later ponder over their experiences. They then visited other parts of the world.
8. The Great British Baking Show:
This is a competition show that runs for around sixty minutes and assesses the baking proficiency of bakers who are amateurs. The contestants are selected after research and auditions. They later have to undergo a series of challenges where some of them are eliminated. The show is judged by a panel of judges and hosts- Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig, and Noel Fielding, who are jovial and pleasant.
The popular show has a loyal audience that is a great fan, not only of the involved participants, pleasing hosts, but the art of baking as well. The number of fans of the art of baking has increased manifold after the show aired.
9. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
Appetite, entertainment, food, music, and good company are a perfect blend that this series offers on a platter giving a glimpse of Tokyo’s midnight scenes. Unlike many other shows, the single narrative-based episodes primarily deal with a few characters who visit and ask the master (chef) to cook what they want.
The master makes use of the limited ingredients that he has to serve his guests. His guests who belong to different quarters of society usually get along well. While their interactions with the master, they discover their feelings for a particular food or its preparation style. The atmosphere generally remains congenial with discussions over food with the master who considers his place sacred. The show reflects on Japanese culture and its people.
10. The Wild Chef:
The journey of food began somewhere in the wilderness! It must have been an adventure, and if you are looking for something like this, this is the show for you! Martin Picard, a Canadian chef, takes a journey into the wilderness of Quebec hunting and fishing deer and fish to create tempting dishes.
The chefs even go shark fishing to prepare shark steak, seaweed salad, or sea dive to collect shellfish to make an attractive seafood platter.
While on this adventurous journey, the hosts discover many regional delicacies. In his makeshift kitchen, shark sushi is cooked after shark fishing.
11. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld is the man behind the idea of bringing a guest of the likes of Barack Obama to George Costanza Newman on a classic drive-in classic vintage car. The guests travel to a predestined restaurant to enjoy each sip of coffee dipped in conversations that are warm, humorous.
The topics range from world news to entertainment. Each episode begins with the host picking up his guest in a vintage car from 963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia to 960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.
This series on Netflix focuses on issues and processes related to the manufacturing, supply, and legal implications involved in the business. This zero-point Zero Production, The Emmy Awards winner company throws light upon various issues and consequent health issues that we might face.
The show runs on a simple but catchy formula of interviewing and visiting manufacturers and distributors of a particular food product the show chooses to deal with. It also shows criminal cases against companies, if any. The show does highlight the problems faced but does not offer explanations of any possible solutions.
13. Chef & My Fridge:
It is not just another cooking competition show. The show invites two Korean guests who are well-known actors, comedians in Korea. The catch is not inviting stars as guests, but inviting them along with their refrigerators! The contestants who are generally famous chefs have to prepare delicacies out of whatever is available in the lockers of the guests.
Not only this, the guests come up with their own choices of food that the contestant has to prepare in about fifteen minutes. Some necessary ingredients are supplied by the show, and the winner is selected out of four chefs after comments by the guests. What makes the show peppy is the jokes and light conversations by the guests.
14. Testing the Menu:
This show by chef Nic Watt is a cooking show in New Zealand, although the show focuses on Asian Fusion Cuisine. The host travels across Auckland testing different cuisines for his Japanese restaurant on the New Zealand public.
The show might not have an enthusiastic approach as a recipe might be included on the menu or not, but it is a peep into New Zealand’s culture as we walk along the local streets with the chef.
15. The Mind of a Chef:
Anthony Bourdain produces the show. Different chefs explore, explain food sometimes in their kitchens, and sometimes outside. They enjoy the food over discussions that lead to revelations not just about food and its preparations but the science of cooking food as well.
Not only that, but you also get to look into the history of the town they travel along with the history of the food itself. It is like travelling along with the chefs to cities with a documentation of its food history.
16. The Big Family Cooking Showdown:
The BFCS is a show that was first hosted by Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball, the winners of The Great British Baking Show. A team cooking competition, this one involves teams of three who are family members. Each side crosses over eight heats until the winner is announced.
The group consists of three family members, and the challenge is that the kitchen is in the main barn at the Quadrangle trust.
Cooked is a book by Michael Pollan and explains the author’s attempt to learn to cook different foods. Netflix has adapted this as a series produced by Alex Gibney. The episodes are named based on the four essential elements like earth, fire, water, and air.
As Pollan relates his experiences with the food, he explores the history and evolution of that food and shows how diet helped us evolve culturally. The show provides tips on biological changes. In one of his shows, he tells how microbes help raw ingredients into chocolates. This one is not just about food, but the history and science of food.
18. Avec Eric:
Eric Ripert is a French chef and author who specializes in modern cuisine. He is credited with one of the best restaurants in New York. In his show Avec Eric, the chef follows places all around the world to show how food is transported to kitchens before turning them into delicious dishes.
While on his travels, Eric focuses on food, nature, and culture of that place that has an impact on the menu to be prepared. With less humor and more simplicity, the show is still an eye-catcher.
19. Zumbo’s Just Desserts
Zumbo’s Just desserts are not about elephants, but yes, it is about jumbo challenges that the amateur contestants face. The problems are thrown to them by Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo, famous Australian chefs.
This one is an Australian baking competition that brings contestants across Australia to exhibit their baking talents.
20. Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain, the famous American chef, explores different but lesser-known parts of the world like Myanmar, Columbia, Morocco, etc.
He goes on to explore the natural beauty, cultural coexistence of the place to its food, and it’s unknown subcultures.
Netflix offers a collection of food and travel shows, each with a distinct taste and style that sets it apart from the other. It offers shows with adventure, mystery, and love of food that is shared by the population worldwide.