As part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles today, Netflix announced the return of one of its most popular food series, and the launch of two brand new cooking shows.
The fifth season of David Gelb’s critically-acclaimed culinary documentary series Chef’s Table will land on Netflix on September 28. The show will look at the lives and careers of four yet-to-be-announced chefs around the world. Back in April, Gelb and Netflix dropped a four-episode pastry themed episodes of Chef’s Table, which drew praise from many professional TV watchers, as well as criticism from publications (including this one) for its gender imbalance and lack of diversity. Stay tuned for more details on the casting of the latest season as they become available.
Meanwhile, James Beard Award-winning author Samin Nosrat will explore the fundamental elements of good cooking in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a new four-part series based on her hit cookbook of the same name. The show will feature Nosrat visiting kitchens in Japan, Mexico, and Italy, as well as Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, where she worked several years ago. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is being produced Jigsaw Productions, the same crew that made the Michael Pollan-starring series Cooked for Netflix a few years ago. Nosrat’s new series will premiere on October 19.
Netflix is also planning to debut a new baking show starring goth-leaning baker/artist/Instagram star Christine McConnell. Henson Alternative and Wilshire Studios are producing the new project, dubbed The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. According to an announcement about the series, each episode will feature McConnell making “delectable confections and hauntingly disturbing decor with the help of her colorful collection of creatures.” No release date has been announced yet, but this show has Halloween written all over it.
And finally, in other Netflix-related news, the company’s VP of original content, Cindy Holland, hinted at the possible return of Master of None, the food-filled comedy series from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. “We certainly have given some thought to it,” Holland remarked during a presentation today. “We certainly would be happy to make another season of Master of None with Aziz.” Although the first two season of the show got great reviews and won a few big awards, there hasn’t been much talk of a third season since last winter, when a woman who went on a date with Ansari accused him of sexual misconduct via a post on Babe.net. Today, Holland mentioned that she had not discussed the report with Ansari.