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And Cebu’s delicacies take the spotlight!

We are in the midst of a television renaissance. With streaming services offering viewers the chance to consume entire seasons (or series) in one sitting, binge viewing has become the norm.

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For foodies like us, one genre we simply can’t get enough of is the cooking show. Whether they’re professionals or home cooks, there’s just something soul-soothing about watching people prepare food with the utmost care and consideration. 

From the creators of the critically acclaimed Chef’s Table comes, Street Food.  While Chef’s Table gave viewers a glimpse into the world of aspirational dining, this new series seeks to whet our appetites for authentic and accessible grub. 

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Here’s what we know: 

The series will take us to NINE Asian Cities

Season 1 of Street Food explores nine countries across Asia: Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines.

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The show will document the passion and perseverance behind the colorful characters responsible for feeding the streets of Asia. Through blood, sweat, and tears, these local legends prove that excellent food goes beyond white tablecloths and Michelin stars (though some do, in fact, have them). 

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Cebu’s Local Culinary Heroes Will Be Given the Spotlight 

You’ll get to know Florencio “Entoy” Escabas, whose local eatery helped reverse the cycle of poverty for his family and fishing community; Leslie Enjambre, heiress to a Lechon business that dates back to the 1940s; Ian Secong, whose restaurant, Azul, is bringing obscure dishes to the younger generation; and Rubilyn Diko Manayon, who sells 18 different dishes from her roadside carinderia.

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The series streams on Netflix starting April 26 

Weekends are for staying at home, avoiding human interaction, and making the most out of your Netflix subscription. If anyone asks, we’re busy on Friday. 

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Craving for more? Check out these food documentaries, cooking shows, and a few other food-centric movies that are available on Netflix Philippines!

For the future chef:

Chef’s Table (2015)

We love: The ultra HD shots of beautifully-plated dishes, not to mention the added drama of intense classical music

Chef’s Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world’s most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef like Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA), and more.

Tip: Don't miss the French and Pastry seasons of Chef's Table! Some episodes have English audio available if you're too lazy to read subtitles.

For Grace (2015)

We love: The inspirational comeback story of Curtis Duffy.

Curtis Duffy discovered his place in the kitchen after a home economics teacher nurtured his talents. After an unimaginable tragedy involving his parents, Duffy doubled down on his cooking career. Soon, his intense drive earned him accolades as one of the country’s most renowned chefs. For Grace is a documentary about food, family, sacrifice, and the journey from concrete box to opening night of one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Salt Fat Acid Heat (2018)

We love: The joy and passion the host has whenever she eats.

Based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, is the essential guide to the basic elements of good cooking. Travel all around the world to discover, demystify and explore with Samin the fundamentals of what makes food delicious and how to incorporate them in every dish.

For the carnivore:

Steak Revolution (2015)

We love: S T E A K!

Steak (R)evolution travels the world in search of passionate cattle breeders, butchers, and chefs. Far from the intensive cattle farms with their industrial output, a revolution is already underway: good red meat is becoming a luxury product. But where can the best steak in the world be found?

For the wine/champagne connoisseur:

Somm (2013)

We love: The beautiful vineyards!

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

A Year in Champagne (2015)

We love: The step-by-step process of making champagne.

Renowned wine importer Martine Saunier provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real champagne through six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger, which have been instrumental in shaping the image of champagne around the world.

For the craft beer enthusiast:

Crafting a Nation (2013)

We love: The cool shots inside the beer factories.

Crafting A Nation is the feature length documentary that tells the story of how the American Craft Brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time. It features over 40 different breweries in the United States ranging from several start-ups to the largest craft breweries.

For those who love a good laugh:

Somebody Feed Phil

We love: the charming simplicity of this show; Phil is likable, funny, and kindhearted.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City and more. The best part?  He checks in at the end of every episode with his elderly parents via video call to chat with them about his latest adventure. How cute is that?

Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

We love: the rapport and easy banter between the two friends

Childhood friends, Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty, open a café at the end of a pier in Essex to share their passion for food with the locals — and celebrity guests. 

If you want food served with sociological perspective:

Cooked (2016)

We love: The beautiful cinemagraphic shots.

COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect people. Bestselling author Michael Pollan and Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney join forces to connect the essentials of cooking to the basic elements of the Earth.

Rotten

We love: how thought-provoking the show is, making you think twice about what you put in your mouth

Created by Zero Point Zero Production, the team that works with Anthony Bourdain on Parts Unknown, Rotten dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind our everyday eating habits.

Barbecue (2017)

We love: The sound of the steak sizzling’ on the grill

A feature documentary telling stories of different cultures and their approach to grilling, Barbecue will open your eyes to see that barbecue is more than just grilling a piece of meat.

For the David Chang fan:

The Mind of a Chef (2012)

We love: the soothing narration of Anthony Bourdain

The Mind of a Chef combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur, David Chang.

Ugly Delicious (2018)

We love: the featured food— it’s bucket-list, round-the-world itinerary worthy stuff.

Ugly Delicious poses the question of whether food can somehow open a gateway to mutual understanding and greater tolerance of our differences. In his new series, Chang is iconoclastic and insightful offering powerful takeaways on multiculturalism and American history in every episode.

If you love all things Japanese:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

We love: how the painstaking (and mouthwatering) preparation of sushi was captured

At 85 years old, Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the best shokunin (sushi craftsman) in the world. His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, lies in a Tokyo subway station and seats only ten, yet attracts patrons from all over the world. In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, director David Gelb captures the magic of the legendary chef and his relationship with both family and food.

The Birth of Sake (2016)

We love: The rich history behind the seemingly simple drink.

Through the unrelenting winter in the north of Japan, a small group of workers must brave unusual working conditions to bring to life a 2,000-year-old tradition known as sake. The Birth of Sake is a visually immersive experience of an almost-secret world in which large sacrifices must be made for the survival of a time-honored brew.

Midnight Diner (2016)

We love: The indie feel of this short documentary mini series.

Open from midnight to 7 a.m. — and serving whatever the customers request — the tiny, tucked-away Japanese diner draws a diverse group of patrons who bond over the Master’s food while sharing their soulful stories.

If you love chick flicks with a foodie twist:

No Reservations (2007)

We love: that scallop dish

Catherine Zeta Jones is the star of this touching story about how a famous chef’s life is completely changed after an accident that leaves her with a young niece.

Today’s Special (2010)

We love: The sumptuous authentic Indian food!

Today’s Special is inspired by Aasif Mandvi’s Obie Award winning play “Sakina’s Restaurant.” It’s about a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant but is forced to take over the family restaurant after his estranged father suffers a heart attack. Now he is left with no choice but to learn the basics of Indian cooking, a cuisine that he’s completely clueless about.

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)

We love: A.R. Rahman’s dynamic soundtrack and director Lasse Hallström’s fantastic shots of food

A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. The Hundred Foot Journey tells the story of a young chef on his way to culinary success.

***Captions are based on synopsis/description from Netflix, YouTube, Fandango.

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