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Welcome again to Friday afternoon. Along with a roundup of the week’s food-related leisure information, I’ve acquired a suggestion for a brand new Netflix present that’s in contrast to something that’s been launched by the streaming service up to now. Right here’s what to observe this weekend:
The laid-back charms of Netflix’s The Chef Present
There’s a second firstly of The Chef Present that appears like it could have landed on the cutting-room ground, have been this another meals TV sequence. Roy Choi, the Los Angeles chef behind the ever-evolving Kogi empire, has simply agreed to assist his pal, Hollywood participant Jon Favreau, to make a batch of beignets utilizing boxed combine from New Orleans’s famed Cafe Du Monde. After making the dough (simply add water!), reducing it into items, frying the squares, and showering them with powdered sugar, Choi takes precisely one chunk, and slyly throws the remaining within the rubbish can proper behind him. “It’s not quite like there,” Favreau says. Whereas fumbling for the precise phrases to say, Choi returns to the range for a minute after which whips round with an enormous grin on his face. “I can tell they’re a year old,” he says bursting into laughter alongside along with his pal. “I didn’t want to say it on camera, but fuck it, this whole thing isn’t about lying.”
This scene delivers one of many largest laughs of the sequence, however it additionally cuts to the core of what The Chef Present is actually all about: the enjoyment of cooking alongside a pal within the kitchen.
Favreau and Choi famously met whereas engaged on the movie Chef, and hatched the thought for this new sequence as an excuse to prepare dinner with one another once more. Whereas which may sound like a little bit of Hollywood spin, it’s obvious from the primary couple of minutes of The Chef Present that Choi and Favreau have nice rapport within the kitchen, a mutual respect for one another, and related style buds.
Choi is not any stranger to meals TV, having appeared on Ugly Scrumptious, High Chef (as a choose), and because the star of his wonderful new KCET sequence Damaged Bread. However this new sequence permits the chef to showcase his obsession with approach and enthusiasm for the craft of cooking in ways in which we’ve by no means seen on TV earlier than. In each kitchen sequence, he drops culinary data like an older brother handing you a mixtape of his favourite jams. Favreau, in the meantime, manages to maintain the spirit mild, whilst he will get tackles new culinary challenges on the encouragement of his pal. A part of the enjoyable is watching the author/actor/director progressively improve his ability degree and construct extra confidence within the kitchen.
Along with superior recipe demonstrations, the present additionally options some memorable banter between the hosts and their celeb visitors. Right here, in no specific order, are a couple of of my favourite moments from the present:
Gwyneth’s Spider-Man blooper: In the course of a “pepper pot soup” demonstration with Jon and Roy within the Goop kitchen, Gwyneth Paltrow reveals that she fully forgot about showing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Tom Holland will get “crushed”: Throughout a meal with the forged of the Avengers on the Optimist in Atlanta, Tom Holland eats his first oyster and asks Roy in regards to the observe of cooks sending out a ridiculous quantity of meals to different cooks. “What is this ‘getting smashed’ thing?” the actor inquires. “Getting crushed?”
A tribute to Jonathan Gold: My favourite episode, by far, is a culinary tribute to the late meals critic Jonathan Gold. This chapter contains a pie tutorial from his pal Evan Kleiman, and a inexperienced curry demonstration from Jitlada’s Jazz Singsanong. The Chef Present is a really dude-centric endeavor, so it’s good to see Jon and Roy prepare dinner with some girls for a change.
Choi and Chang speak rising up Korean-American: After making ready an enormous pot of miyeok guk, a seaweed stew that’s historically served on birthdays in Korean households, Chang and Choi talk about misconceptions about Korean tradition in America. “People think that being Korean is all one thing,” Choi says. “But from the moment I met Dave, I knew that our families had different backgrounds, and we had different styles of cooking, we come from different regions of the country. We’re still Korean, but we have different food. All Korean food is not just one thing.”
The brisket slice-off: Roughly one third of the Aaron Franklin episode is dedicated to a brisket-butchering tutorial, the place the famed Franklin Barbecue chef and Favreau evaluate slicing methods.
A cauliflower cameo: Sin Metropolis director Robert Rodriguez is each a talented pizzaiolo and a cheerleader for gluten-free cauliflower merchandise. Roy and Jon are impressed by his cauliflower crust pizzas, and later efficiently make a model of Choi’s kimchi fried rice utilizing ground-up cauliflower. It’s a significant second for the cauliflower trade, and I wouldn’t be stunned if the present causes a rush on Dealer Joe’s cauliflower rice and pizza crusts.
I hope that Jon and Roy don’t wait too lengthy earlier than planning one other season of The Chef Present, and that subsequent time round they invite extra girls to prepare dinner with them. All eight episodes of Season 1 are actually obtainable on Netflix.
In different leisure information…
Have a terrific weekend everybody, and if you wish to prepare dinner one thing within the vein of The Chef Present at residence, take into account testing Roy Choi’s recipe for kimchi and ketchup fried rice.