As the Momofuku empire continues to expand, chef/restaurateur David Chang is stepping back from the kitchen a bit to focus on a few television projects, including a brand new series for Netflix called Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
On this travel series, Chang will explore a different city with one celebrity guest per episode. “There’s something about traveling with someone that opens you up,” Chang says in an announcement about the show. “Being away from all the craziness of daily life, you spend long days together in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but wander the street, share meals, and talk. That’s what BLD is all about—learning more about ourselves, our friends, and the people we encounter out in the world. Plus, of course, the ridiculously delicious meals we share.”
Morgan Neville, Chang’s collaborator on Ugly Delicious, is also working with this chef on this new series, which is slated to premiere on Netflix this fall. The chef/restaurateur is also preparing a new season of Ugly Delicious, as well as Family Style, a Hulu talk show with Chrissy Teigen that’s being co-produced by Chang’s Majordomo Media and Vox Media Studio. No premiere dates have been announced for these series yet.
In other food TV news, Roy Choi and Jon Favreau’s excellent cooking series Chef Show will return to Netflix this fall with a new batch of episodes. And while Samin Nosrat’s docuseries Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat remains one of Netflix’s most popular new food shows, apparently the entertainment company is still “awaiting her pitch for a second series.” Hollywood Reporter’s new food TV cover story also includes some interesting details about the business side of these productions — Gordon Ramsay makes an ungodly sum of money for each of his Fox shows, in case you were wondering — as well as this intriguing blind item:
One unscripted agent notes that there have been “millions” of passed pitches of Bourdain knockoffs since his death, and several sources mention one high-profile food personality who unsuccessfully campaigned as a Bourdain replacement to No Reservations producers Zero Point Zero within a few weeks of his death. But imitators are considered persona non grata in an industry still very protective of the icon’s legacy.
Who is the food star who pitched himself as a replacement for Anthony Bourdain following the Parts Unknown star’s tragic death last year? There really could only be maybe five people who fit this description. And while we may never know the truth about who that “high-profile food personality” was, it’s at least somewhat reassuring to know that the food TV head honchos rejected these pitches for the sake of preserving Bourdain’s legacy.
Stay tuned for updates on Chang’s shows and all the other food TV newcomers as they become available.
Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner [Netflix]
• Welcome to Peak Food TV: Inside Hollywood’s Growing Hunger for Culinary Shows [Hollywood Reporter]
• From Gordon Ramsay to Padma Lakshmi: 20 Power Players of Food Media [Hollywood Reporter]