If there’s one thing we know for certain, it is this: food makes the world go round. It’s true isn’t it? The food we eat is more than just the amazing taste our palates crave for, it’s the stories attached to it that make food akin to a spiritual experience—one that touches the soul and makes a significant mark on our being. And since we can’t get enough of gastronomy, we’ve unearthed more delicious Netflix gold for some much needed food appreciating. You can thank us later.
- Million Pound Menu
If you’ve ever wondered how aspiring start-ups become promising prospects for commercial business, Million Pound Menu gives you a sneak peek. Each episode has two new concepts from SMEs or even untested fresh out of the oven ideas battle it out to win the affection of Britain’s top investors , who will eventually give them a helping hand in an effort to become the next multi-million pound business. In only three days, contestants are given a pop-up shop to test run their concept with actual customers, impress the investors with every detail from the food down to the overall service, and a meet with the investors to check on their financial plan.
2. Nailed It
If you’re down for a serious case of LOLs, this reality bake-off competition is the one to watch. While some shows are dedicated to the best bakers in the world, this is definitely not one of them. Each of Nailed It’s episodes pits three amateur homebakers who don’t exactly have a great baking track record against each other to compete for a whopping $10,000 in cash, a trophy, and some legit bragging rights. Here, the competitors have to re-create two complicated cakes and confectionery under a strict time pressure. Fun fact: the series was actually inspired by the viral online craze of people attempting (and failing miserably, might we add) to make elaborate cake masterpieces they found on the World Wide Web.
3. The Big Family Cooking Showdown
If you and your fambam’s idea of bonding is cooking, The Big Family Cooking Showdown is the Netflix series for you. The British cooking showdown is one that champions the beauty of homecooking and the unparalleled experience of a homecooked meal. In the competition, each episode has two families going head to head for a total of three challenges to get a chance to enter the semi-finals and eventually earn the title of Best Family of Cooks in Britain. Each team is comprised of representatives of three family members of all ages—be it grandparents or teenagers. The dishes are produced under a time limit, and are then put to the test by the discerning palates of Michelin star chef Giorgi Locatelli and renowned British chef Rosemary Shrager.
4. Somebody Feed Phil
If you’re a fan of food-focused documentaries like Chef’s Table or gastronomic-infused travelogues like the late Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, you’ll definitely find a new favorite in Somebody Feed Phil. The brains behind long-running sitcom and revered cult classic Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal quietly surprised us with the series January of this year. In an interview, he says that the show’s aim is actually to get people out of their comfort zones—and you’ll see this in each episode as he tries out new activities (even ones that doesn’t involve food) in every place he finds himself in. Apart from all the mouthwatering beauty shots of the fares featured, you’ll love Phil’s quirky take on storytelling. And then there’s his unique ability for his sheer happiness to be so infectious, it basically radiates off the screen.
If you’re the kind of person who loves binge watching on true crime shows, consider this your next chilling bet. Rotten exposes the world’s biggest business—food—and the lies being fed to the marketplace. The six part docu-series explores different in demand ingredients, poultry, seafood, and the like. It challenges consumers to dig deeper amidst the current craze of sustainability and know your food’s source. Each episode even has exciting segments on high profile food frauds. The truth may be hard to swallow but it’s about time we had a show like this.