Ugly Delicious, the popular food show from chef David Chang and filmmaker Morgan Neville, is getting picked up for a second season on Netflix. The Momofuku empire builder announced the news on Thanksgiving via an Instagram video of his mom, Sherri, who fans may remember from the “Home Cooking” episode of Ugly Delicious:
With episodes focusing on pizza, tacos, and fried chicken, the first season of Ugly Delicious used comfort food as a prism for exploring cultural identity. Each chapter featured Chang eating meals in restaurants and home kitchens around the world with notable chefs, celebrities, artists, and food writers. The show also included explainer-style segments and montages looking at the origins and legacies of famous dishes.
Although the show was widely praised by the critics for its creative approach to exploring the food world, Ugly Delicious was also criticized for featuring more men than women on camera, and for an episode about barbecue that did not include any African-American culinary experts. Chang responded to the criticism on stage with Eater EIC Amanda Kludt and Recode executive editor Peter Kafka at last year’s Code Conference:
You know, I’ve read every bit of criticism about that TV show, just like I read every review, because it just kills me when anyone has a bad time. So, yes, I’ve read every criticism, whether it wasn’t inclusive enough through African Americans or through women, I just know that we had one season, and we did our best, and we had no intention of trying to be exclusive. And hopefully there’s a second season, and we’ll be able to do it better.
Since the premiere of Ugly Delicious last winter, Chang has opened buzzy restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston, while also launching a new entertainment company called Majordomo Media. The famous chef also appeared as a cultural correspondent for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and he started hosting a weekly podcast called The Dave Chang Show.
Chang has not announced which foods or locations will be featured on the second season of Ugly Delicious, but if his Instagram account is any indication, the new batch of episodes will likely feature a stopover at Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures food lab near Seattle, where the Momofuku emperor recently enjoyed an inside-out brisket pizza pita:
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Never seen this kind of before! Pizza bottom topped with smoked brisket. Tremendous. I want to cook a this way. Not sure I was supposed to eat the pizza in this manner. Simply amazing to see what Nathan Myhrvold & the @modcuisine are working on. Pizza will never be the same. ps - both the pizza and pizza top were consumed. Dip pizza top in a mozzarella sauce #authentic #pizza #uglydelicious
Although Sherri Chang says a new season is coming “this year,” a rep for Netflix says that no official release date for the new Ugly Delicious episodes has been announced yet (sometime in mid- to late-2019 seems likely, though). Stay tuned for more details as they become available.