David Chang, the chef-restaurateur behind the Momofuku empire, has a new Netflix show that explores the connection between food and identity. Ugly Delicious features Chang breaking bread with other chefs as well as writers (including Eater NY’s Serena Dai), artists, and entertainers at restaurants around the world.
The first official trailer for the show has a bevy of celebrity cameos from funny people including Ali Wong, Eric Wareheim, and Gillian Jacobs, plus glossy footage of comfort foods like crawfish, pizza, and dim sum. Dave’s mom makes an appearance in the clip, and the trailer has a bizarre shot of blood splattering out of his fingers, like something from a horror film.
“Food is something we all have in common,” Chang recently remarked. “It’s an essential part of who we are and how we create connections across cultures.” The chef previously described this new series as “a collaborative forum, a place where it’s okay to have strong opinions and honest conversations about food.” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) is the director and producer of this show.
Chang has appeared on numerous late night shows and a few cable dramas (playing himself) over the years, but TV audiences perhaps know him best as the original star of Mind of a Chef. Later this month, Dave will also appear as part of NBC’s Olympics coverage in segments about the food and culture of South Korea.
All eight episodes of Ugly Delicious will be available worldwide on Netflix on February 23.