The newest season (season 3) of Chef’s Table has just come out on Netflix and it’s a show that we have been fans of since the series was first released. There is something calming and enjoyable about watching food being created, but Chef’s Table takes it to a whole new level by diving deep into the creative, boundary-pushing minds of some of the world’s top chefs. Aside from the subject matter of the show, it is brilliantly filmed (from a storytelling and cinematic perspective). The filming supports the story rather than overshadowing or detracting from it, creating the experience of being there yourself.
Of the newest season, one particular episode stands apart from the rest. It’s the story of Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun who approaches cooking as she approaches life, a spiritual practice. Unlike most of the chefs portrayed she doesn’t feel the need to become successful, her reasons for cooking are based on the sharing of emotion through food. Her Buddhist belief of living in the present is shown in the way she tends her garden, allowing nature to be as it is, no fertilizers or pesticides, just harmony and balance. While cooking, each ingredient is treated with respect as the process itself is deliberate and thoughtful; meditation in is own way.
Who cares what IMDB rates Chef’s Table… watch it and prepare to gain a new appreciation for food and after watching Jeong Kwan, a new appreciation for life.