I've recently become obsessed with the show Chef's Table. By far the best documentary series I've seen on Netflix. Made it through Season 1 and the first few episodes of Season 2 so far. So much more than a show about cooking and restaurants. Each episode can stand out on its own as it's own story.
Food is a big part of why I like to travel so much. I have to experience the local cuisine wherever I go. You'll never see me flying half way around the world to Taiwan and seeking out a TGI Fridays to get an American burger and fries. So a series that showcases chefs and restaurants from all over the world is naturally appealing to me. And the food photography is amazing.
My favorite episode so far is the one showcasing Magnus Neilsson's Flaviken. A restaurant and chef, in the middle of nowhere Sweden, considered one of the best in the world. How such a place can exist in the Arctic where nothing grows for 6 months out of the year is amazing to me. I may just have to start a restaurant bucket list soon. My google maps list of "want to go" places in NYC seems weak at this point.
The episode following Flaviken is about Grant Achatz's Alinea, the opener for Season 2. While the food and restaurant in this episode blew my mind, I couldn't help but notice the differences in my appeal between this place and the previous place. Alinea is located in a huge American city, easy to get to, with a well know restaurant scene. Flaviken is located in a tiny town in Sweden, in a hard to get to area of the world, not really known for anything. I think most, if given the choice between the two restaurants, would choose the latter, I think I'm always going to naturally gravitate towards the former. Looking forward to finishing Season 2 and 3.