It comes as no surprise that chefs find inspiration from each other, and sometimes that comes in the form of kicking your feet up, cracking open a cold one and clicking the remote to your favourite show. A show that just happens to be about cooking. That is right, sometimes chefs spend their work-life in the kitchen creating fantastic dishes for you to enjoy and when they have a minute to themselves they watch other chefs doing the same thing. We asked our chefs which food-related shows they love to binge in their free time…
Tony Ferreira, Black Sheep Restaurants
I grew up watching Yan Can Cook and Iron Chef (both the US and Japanese editions) so I was super excited to learn that we have two Iron Chefs in the family (Chef Angie at Buenos Aires Polo Club and Chef Shun at Fukuro). More recently I have been enjoying Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Taco Chronicles is great too… although I always end up with a lust for Taqueria Super Macho, so I have to be careful when I watch that.
Angie Ford, Buenos Aires Polo Club
I have quite a few favourites when it comes to food shows! My top four are Iron Chef, anything by the late Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Nightmares and Chef’s Table. I may be a little biased when it comes to Iron Chef because I competed on it, but I do think it is an incredible showcase of talent and accomplishment. Anthony Bourdain is a chef I have looked up to since I was young and he had an incredible way of telling stories through food and dining experiences. Chef’s Table is so interesting to me, to hear these chefs’ life stories and their struggles and, ultimately, their successes. When I need to change it up a bit and get a good laugh in, I always turn to Gordon Ramsay’s show, Kitchen Nightmares. It is absolutely hilarious and the one-liners he comes up with are unforgettable.
Braden Reardon, Carbone
I was always a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations as he exposed the world to food, creating connections and sharing mostly untold stories of cuisines and their relation to cultures. He opened our eyes to talented individuals in the industry and their personalised approaches to their craft, honouring traditions and techniques we may never have known. It was a pleasure to watch how he impacted millions and changed our industry with his knack for communicating information in an inspiring manner. I think most chefs can agree on this with a shared mentality for connecting through food.
Gisela Alesbrook, Hotal Colombo
Right now I am obsessed with My Kitchen Rules. I love shows that celebrate the talents of home cooks and give them opportunities to explore those talents. I can relate because I have never had any formal kitchen training, so until I started at Black Sheep Restaurants, I was a home cook too. It is marvellous to see what people can come up with when they have a mix of passion, skills and resources. But, of course, I also watch it for the drama! It is just great reality TV.
Billy Otis, Black Sheep Restaurants
If I have some free time and choose to watch something, it is definitely Chef’s Table! The stories are inspirational, the food is shot beautifully and it makes me think differently about preparation and ingredients. Anything that makes you look beyond yourself and see through someone else’s mind is worth checking out.