Chef’s Table

Having viewed each episode of Chef’s Table (season 1) I’m of the view that the collective minds of these six chefs comprise an infinitely more authentic philosophical disposition than is to be found in most current philosophy departments. Here we have chefs that are the philosophers of practice par excellence, they are passionate, they are well and truly situated, and they are creative — forged through the existential struggle between tradition and novelty. Emily Buder and Neil Genzlinger pretty much nail it. If you are looking for the Jamie Olivers, Anthony Bordains and Gordon Ramsays (as appealing as their personas may be), then this programme is not for you. The chefs featured in Chef’s Table are the Quines of the food world and are not the prevailing squawking (admittedly clever) entitled phonies of the academy.