By Tommy Carrico, Executive Entertainment Editor
Netflix is a hectic scene; with so many new releases hitting the platform roughly every week, it can be easy for hidden gems to fall through the cracks. For anyone looking for such a diamond in the rough, look no further than “The Chef Show.” Featuring Jon Favreau and famous Los Angeles chef Roy Choi, “The Chef Show” explores food culture across the country as Favreau and Choi meet and learn from accomplished chefs who guest-star in each episode. These guests are a true selling point; from Andrew Rea of “Binging with Babish” to Gwyneth Paltrow, the variety in celebrity appearances encompasses a massive spectrum. A Marvel fan myself, I must admit that I was only attracted to the show in the first place because of an episode in which Favreau and Choi cook and chat with Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr, two of my favorite human beings on the face of the earth.
However, while it may be the flashy guest stars that draw in viewers, it’s Favreau and Choi who kept me interested for the entirety of the series. The pair, who first met during the production of 2014’s “Chef” (Favreau as lead actor and director, Choi as a culinary consultant), have an entertaining chemistry; the show follows an appropriately light-hearted structure, as it merely follows two good friends as they prepare mouth-watering dishes in some souped-up food truck. It’s charming, it’s fun, and if you’re busy like me, it’s the kind of non-committal form of entertainment that you can have playing in the background as you work on more important matters without causing too much of a distraction.
The second volume of “The Chef Show,” featuring six new episodes, is now available on Netflix after a September 13 release. Right off the bat, Volume 2’s first episode stars Seth Rogen, a man whose chicken-cutting skills are surprisingly as good as his sense of humor. After binging the entire second volume for the past week, I can genuinely say that Volume 2 is both as funny and captivating as Volume 1 (which is currently holding down an impressive 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
You do not have to be a master in the kitchen to enjoy “The Chef Show.” Take it from me: a high school senior whose culinary skills range from putting Pop-Tarts in a toaster to pouring milk in a bowl of cereal. Whether you’re a pro-chef or a casual foodie, “The Chef Show” has something to offer for everyone.