Will 'Chef's Table' Return For Season 5? These 4 Courses Just Aren't Enough
There may be no TV show with more beautiful, luxurious visuals than Netflix's Chef's Table, where the only downside to marathoning an entire season in one day is that you'll wish the snacks you're eating while you watch are the $1,000 plates of haute cuisine featured on the show instead of, you know, chips. And since there was only a six-month break between the last two seasons, it's not too early to wonder whether Chef's Table will return with another season to give you food envy. Season 4 hits Netflix on Feb. 17, less than two years after the series first premiered.
In addition to its four seasons being released so close together, back in March 2015, just a month after its debut, Chef's Table was renewed for three additional seasons all at once. But Season 4 is the last of that original renewal order, meaning that for the first time, the future of Chef's Table is up in the air. Creators David Gelb and Brian McCann were already working on Season 4 in May 2016, according to an interview with Decider. However, Netflix has yet to announce whether or not the show will be returning for more seasons beyond that. Hopefully, the streaming service still has as much confidence in the series as it did two years ago, but while waiting for the news, there are a few other food series you can watch on Netflix to satisfy that craving.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
This CNN series mixes travel and current events, talking about fighting gang violence while eating a home-cooked meal in Chicago, then heading to Vietnam to talk with President Obama about his youth in Indonesia. Incredibly produced and a bit more thoughtful than Bourdain's other travelogues, the show manages to cross nearly any border and find a welcome place to sit and eat.
A Cook's Tour
For a classic Bourdain series that focuses more on the food and a little less on geopolitics, A Cook's Tour was added to Netflix more recently. Usually, Bourdain's many Travel Channel offerings rotate on and off of Netflix, so you may see No Reservations pop up in its place next year.
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Comedy writer and Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenberg does his version of a Bourdain-esque travel series around the world. In addition to sharing a meal, Rosenberg makes a point of sharing a laugh with anyone he sits down with on the PBS show.
Mind Of A Chef
Once on Netflix, now running its own a la carte streaming website, this PBS series is like a more casual Chef's Table. Instead of near-religious reverence for the food, there's a more playful attitude. Certainly, the food looks just as delicious, but it's not quite as refined.
If you're curious about the science of food, Netflix's original series Cooked has you covered. Instead of just profiling chefs to understand how they've developed their signature food, this series profiles different types of cuisine, and the cultural — and even biological — meaning behind them.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
This is the first documentary by David Gelb, and it's made with his signature style. It's a film rather than a series, but it's almost works as a feature-length Chef's Table pilot. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an in-depth examination of the life of one of the world's greatest sushi chefs, who's mastered the craft in a tiny, incredibly expensive restaurant in a Tokyo subway station.
Even though Netflix hasn't renewed Chef's Table, yet, as Gelb told Decider back in May 2016, there are many more chefs he's interested in following in future episodes. "From the very beginning we had a list of probably thirty people that we thought were really great and honestly it has grown tenfold since then," he said. That means that if Chef's Table is renewed, there should be plenty more delicious, delightful seasons ahead.