With the massive success of the late Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations andCNN’s Parts Unknown, The Layover often goes unnoticed. The premise of the show is to show people how to get the most out of a city when you’re only there for a few hours. You follow Anthony Bourdain through the streets of some of the world’s largest hubs and get to see where he recommends you eat, sleep, play and get absolutely hammered on his producer’s dime. What’s great about this show is how much fun Bourdain genuinely seems to be having and the profound relationships he appears to have with the locals he eats with. Whether it’s a famous Brazilian Chef that he’s been friends with for years or a local Toronto cab driver that picked him up at the airport - the Layover will make Anthony Bourdain the number one person you’d have wanted to share a beer with in the middle of nowhere.
For the artistic foodie in all of us. The Netflix original Chef’s Table follows the success of different Chefs and how their innovations have changed the cooking world. What really makes this show great is how beautifully filmed and directed it is. It’s impossible to watch Chef’s Table and not be hungry after experiencing the beautiful handmade creations from the many international Chef’s presented. This docu-series help us discover the world’s most ambitious Chefs and their journey’s to where they are. On top of the incredible stories and personalities of the different gastronomic geniuses, Chef’s Table really showcases something we all forget cooking can be: art.
A healthy twist on the fan-favourite TV show Chopped; Cook Your Ass Off takes a person who is looking to make positive healthy changes to their diets and has three chefs compete to build to be their personal chef and help change their lives. What we love about this show is how much you can learn about the health benefits of different foods and how easy it is to make healthy alternatives to the unhealthy snacks we all love. Though a TV show about healthy eating sounds boring, Cook Your Ass Off brings the fun of mystery ingredients and personalities that make it impossible to stop watching.
A crazy, wacky Willy Wonka-esque show that showcases the magic and awe of pastries making. Zumbo’s Just Desserts is the ultimate reality cooking competition where Australian competitors fight for the prize of $100,000 and the chance to have their creation featured in Zumbo’s shop. If you’re North American like me and have no idea who Zumbo is and why you would care - I’m asking you to give a chance to this show. The competitors create beautiful desserts that put your mother cookies to shame. The best part is the elimination round. The two lowest-scoring Chefs must recreate exactly an incredibly difficult dessert made by Zumbo himself which go as far as being motorized or levitating. The care and precision each baker put into their desserts make this a high stakes competition that’s hard to look away from.
Don’t expect the vegan trend to die down anytime soon. Whether your motivation is from a Netflix documentary or the desire to lose weight. People are now more than ever abandoning their carnivorous, cheese-eating ways. In fact, a recent survey conducted of 1,000 Americans, yielded that 54% of respondents said that they believed a plant-based diet to be more beneficial to their health than the traditional Western diet. It’s not just about shedding a few pounds or saving the earth, however, new research from William Roberts at Mintel show that taste is the actually the top reason US adults who eat plant-based proteins do so (52 percent). The great news about the growing vegan population? More variety. Brands like Daiya and SO Delicious continue to make the switch to a plant-based diet more accessible than it has been in previous years, with plant-based food alternatives. Even more household name brands, like Ben & Jerry’s is adding new vegan alternatives to their list of products.
Though there are many different cooking shows and foodies show on Netflix to watch, these really make the top of my list for the must-see foodie shows on Netflix right now. The beauty of them all is they make you feel inspired and excited about something you already do three times a day. They help you think out of the box when you’re cooking your next meal, even if that means adding a few spices to your Kraft Dinner.