Netflix’s new cooking show, The Final Table, drops today, featuring some of London’s leading chefs and food critics. Clare Smyth, who recently received two Michelin stars for her Notting Hill restaurant Core, is a judge; James Knappett, who recently received a second Michelin star for Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia, is a contestant.
Described as a “a global culinary competition show featuring the world’s most renowned chefs fighting for a spot at the elite,” The Final Table will made up of what it is calling “the greatest chefs from around the world.” It is Netflix’s first competition-based cooking show to date, and adds to its other popular food programs including Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious.
The series will feature 12 teams of two chefs from around the world who will cook the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India, and Italy. Each episode will focus on a different country and its cuisine, with “celebrity ambassadors,” food critics and the below chefs deciding on who reaches the final. Following one stab in the dark at defining English food, the U.S. media has its chance for redemption.
In the last episode, only one of the competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table amongst the world’s best, joining the nine celebrity legendary culinary icons, and presumably also winning some money. The nine chefs are:
- Clare Smyth (Core by Clare Smyth, London, U.K.)
- Anne-Sophie Pic (La Dame de Pic, London and Paris)
- Vineet Bhatia (India and formerly of Zaika and Vineet Bhatia in London)
- Helena Rizzo (Maní, São Paulo, Brazil)
- Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico)
- Andoni Aduriz (Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain),
- Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, U.S.)
- Carlo Cracco (Ristorante Cracco, Milan, Italy)
- Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan)
The Final Table will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, the James Beard award-winning writer and editor at large of U.S. food publication, Bon Appétit. It has been created and produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton who are behind the Masterchef franchise.
Former footballer and known restaurant-lover Gary Lineker and television presenter Cat Deeley will act as ‘ambassadors’ for the U.K., assessing interpretations of its food; Jay Rayner will act as food critic.