What to Watch: Tasty TV Shows to Warm You Up

As the nights get colder, there's nothing better than warming up with some decadent food TV


Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim in Master of None. Picture / Netflix

Master of None
For the second season of Master of None there was only one place its creators wanted to take their on-screen love affair with food: Italy. Season two rejoins food-obsessed Dev (Aziz Ansari), fresh from a break-up and abroad in Italy. The first episode, shot in black and white, is a love letter to the food and culture of Modena, and will have you longing for a bowl of handmade tortellini.
Watch it: On Netflix

Cooked
Food writer and author Michael Pollan wants you to reconnect with what’s on your plate. In this four-part series, he encourages a deeper look into what and how we’re eating. Each neatly themed section — “Fire”, “Water”, “Air” and “Earth” — explores both ancient and modern cooking methods and explores how they've transformed our world. It will have you running away from the vending machine and into the kitchen in no time.
Watch it: On Netflix

Carnival Eats
Host Noah Cappe travels around North America visiting fun fairs and carnivals, and tries the food on offer and meets the fascinating people who make it. Think deep-fried rattlesnakes and frogs' legs, and a chocolate or caramel sundae made up of eight doughnuts.  
Watch it: On Food TV

The Mind of a Chef
Join the bad boy of the cooking world, Anthony Bourdain, as he takes viewers into the minds of the world’s best chefs on their journeys to create the perfect meal. Expect travel, history, humour and Bourdain’s signature swagger alongside a culinary feast for the eyes. The latest season follows chef Gabrielle Hamilton of New York’s Prune and California cuisine guru David Kinch of Los Gatos’s Manresa on their quest for perfection.
Watch it: On Netflix

Jim Sturgess and David Schwimmer in Feed the Beast. Picture / Netflix 

Feed the Beast
When a TV show builds an entire fake restaurant, hires a food stylist and make its actors take cooking classes, you know it takes its foodie theme seriously. Feed the Beast, starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess, is about two best friends taking one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. Set in the Bronx, the show serves up a world of debt, violent mobsters and five-star dishes.
Watch it: On Netflix

BBQ Pit Wars
It's getting hot in here — this TV show battles barbecue chefs across the US against each other for the title of Pit Boss. The show follows four teams around the competitive barbecue circuit — yes, this is a thing, because there is little an American takes more seriously than some darned fine smokey brisket, ribs or pulled pork. 
Watch it: On Food TV

Fried
For some seriously greasy viewing, dip into the deep-fried world of Fried. This comedy series follows the lives of staff in a struggling South London fried chicken restaurant. Watch as a gang of disgruntled employees navigate nuggets, angry customers and the permanent smell of oil.
Watch it: On Netflix

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Series
Tucked behind the bustle of Tokyo’s neon-lit roads is Meshiya, a small restaurant that sets the stage for this Netflix series The Midnight Diner. In the wee hours between midnight and 7am, the Japanese diner opens its doors to city-dwelling souls in search of comfort and comfort food. This heart-warming series provides a delightful taste of Japan, and demonstrates the healing powers of sharing problems over a couple of bowls of steaming hot soup.
Watch it: On Netflix

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