Netflix Greenlights First Original Docuseries
'Chef's Table' hails from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' filmmaker David Gelb
Netflix has ordered its first original docuseries.
From acclaimed Jiro Dreams of Sushi filmmaker David Gelb, Chef's Table features the most well-known international chefs and gives viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these talents. The streaming service has ordered six episodes for a 2015 launch in all territories where Netflix is available.
“We want to continue to support the best in nonfiction storytelling. While some stories are best told as feature-length films, others, like Chef’s Table, greatly benefit from being able to communicate their story in a multiepisodic fashion. We’re fortunate to have the flexibility to match the story with the best format," said Lisa Nishimura, vp original documentary and comedy at Netflix.
The six featured chefs are Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant; Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken; Järpen, Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur; Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant; Los Angeles, Calif.), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns; New York, N.Y.) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana; Modena, Italy).
Gelb, Matt Weaver, Andrew Fried of Boardwalk Pictures and Brian McGinn are executive producers. Gelb, Fried, McGinn and Clay Jeter direct.
Netflix continues to make a big push for global subscribers, recently ordering its first French series, Marseilles. Other upcoming projects include Narcos, a drama based on Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel, and an untitled Spanish-language comedy from director Gaz Alazraki. It is also expanding into unscripted fare with a rich deal with Chelsea Handler for a new late-night talk show and comedy specials slated for a 2016 debut. Chef's Table's pickup comes one week after Netflix ordered the third and final season of the under-the-radar horror thriller Hemlock Grove.