Your Netflix nights are about to get a lot more interesting, because the streaming service is coming out with a new food series next month starring renowned chef David Chang, creator of the Momofuku empire and co-founder of the seminal food magazine Lucky Peach (RIP). The show is called Ugly Delicious, and the name implies that the show is not going to be like any food series we've seen before.
"Ugly delicious" is a hashtag Chang uses on Instagram to talk about food that is delicious and flavorful, but might look messy or unappealing in photos to people who aren't familiar with it. The show takes that movement as its ethos, and it will follow David Chang as he travels the world outside of "polished kitchens" to explore cuisines and use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers.
"Food is something we all have in common. It's an essential part of who we are and how we create connections across cultures," Chang said in a statement. "In that spirit, we brought together some of the people we admire most to make 'Ugly Delicious' a collaborative forum, a place where it's okay to have strong opinions and honest conversations about food."
In Chang's quest to explore the intersection between food and culture, he'll be traveling with guests that include some of the world's best writers, chefs, actors, and comedians. Chefs René Redzepi and Massimo Bottura, actors Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Yuen, and food writers Ruth Reichl and Jonathan Gold are just some of the bold-faced names accompanying Chang on his quest to challenge preconceptions about food. Chang and his guests will be seeking to break down cultural barriers, address misconceptions, and explore shared experiences, all while eating all over the world.
The series seeks to challenge "both taste buds and minds," and it is scheduled to debut on Netflix on February 23.
Will you be watching Ugly Delicious?