'Chef's Table' Season 5 Shows the Intersection of Food and Politics
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that even after all these years, Chef's Table is still one of Netflix's greatest gifts to the world. The docu-series, which is primarily about chefs and the food they make, always manages to tell much deeper stories by presenting food in unprecedented ways—the sociocultural, anthropological aspects of it that transcend Michelin stars and Best Restaurant marks. It's also consistently beautiful in the way it's shot, and always mouthwatering.
Later this month, Chef's Table will be back for its fifth season. A trailer for that fifth season has just been released, introducing four new chefs in focus:
Cristina Martinez, as an undocumented immigrant, has had to live under the radar purely for survival, all the while serving her delicious authentic barbacoa to the residents of south Philly. She now advocates for the huge number of undocumented workers that make our restaurant system function.
Albert Adria was behind many of the groundbreaking creations of the world's most influential restaurant, El Bulli, but lived in the shadow of his older brother Ferran, who became the world’s most celebrated chef.
Musa Dagdeviren documents and preserves the vast array of flavors and cooking styles of Turkey, creating a shared culinary culture across sharp ethnic and political divides.
Bo Songvisava reclaims and revives farming techniques and recipes nearly forgotten in the globalization of popular Thai food
Somehow, the trailer also manages to subtly address the political realities of the world today. In a divided world, food, after all, has the power to unify. Check it out:
As always, Chef's Table is about more than just the food and more than just the chefs themselves. It's about bigger, more important things—matters we can expect the show to tackle as gracefully as ever. But this season in particular is looking especially timely.
Catch the fifth season of Chef's Table when it hits Netflix on September 28.