The Chef Show season 2 is a cooking show presented by writer, directed and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi. They explore various kinds of mouth-watering food with different chefs and celebrity friends. It is a spin-off of Favreau’s 2014 movie Chef. The show premiered on Netflix on June 7, 2019, and volume one of The Chef Show season 2 premiered on Netflix on September 24, 2020.
This show feels like taking a sneak-peek into the kitchens of friends cooking together. Favreau and Choi are excellent presenters and are enthusiastic about whatever they are making. Favreau, especially, is more than happy to pick up some cooking skills. Since they are so enthusiastic, the vibe drips down to the entire show and chefs, making it a vibrant and light watch.
So, each episode of The Chef Show season 2 is half-an-hour long, and the show has 5 episodes, making it a light and breezy watch. Each episode features a wide variety of food to choose from that will make your mouth water. Starting off with my favourite – desserts, we move on to lasagne, spaghetti with meatballs, grilled cabbage, roasted duck, an extremely hard but satisfying bread-making process and ends off with some juicy hamburgers. There’s only so much quarantine me can tolerate, and The Chef Show season 2 kind of broke down my defences.
Every episode deftly articulates the process of the dish, should you care to recreate them. And the fun and engaging way that they go about it adds to the excitement factor. The dishes are well-known, but still hold a bit of novelty and surprise to them. A very pressing part of The Chef Show season 2 is that Favreau is interested to try to make every dish that the chefs whip up. It’s funny to watch him try, sometimes fail and other times succeed making these seemingly-simple recipes, and then try the finished dishes.
Moreover, you can also sense the trust and camaraderie between Choi and Favreau. Choi is a Korean-American chef, and his claim to fame was the gourmet Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi. So, him and Favreau creating the lasagne, spaghetti or hamburgers are delightful to watch. Also, those juicy burger patties with the cheese melting on top? Yeah, I’d watch those more often.
The camerawork is pretty standard, with most of the food clips either overhead shots or closeups. I mean, I am not complaining, as long as I can see a cake being made super up-close and personal. It’s a mouth-watering experience, as cooking shows always are, but this one feels warm and fuzzy especially because of its presenters.
The show also focuses on the chefs’ motivations and why they do what they do. It doesn’t talk about it for too long, but just enough to let you understand a bit about the food that they are making.
Summing up: The Chef Show Season 2
The Chef Show season 2 is a fun, light-hearted and entertaining show about food that makes your mouth water. With entertaining hosts and skilled chefs at the helm, each episode and each dish are a burst of flavours that leaves your mouth watering. Although I thoroughly enjoy shows which are short in duration, this one really made me wish for a few more episodes. If you’re looking for something easy-breezy to watch, this is the perfect bet.
The Chef Show season 2 is streaming on Netflix.
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