Watch the Trailer for Season 5 of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table”

published Sep 17, 2018
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Starting Friday, September 28, you can once again count on Netflix to pull through with judgy reminders that you’ve been idly binge-watching Chef’s Table for a little too long.

Earlier today, the streaming service released the trailer for its fifth season of the Emmy Award-nominated docuseries, which comes on the heels of the lineup announcements for both seasons five and six. Compared to previous volumes, this trailer is an encouraging sign that the show’s producers might finally be attempting to confront their diversity problem head on.

While you can expect the same meticulous cinematography you’ve come to know from previous seasons (a chills-inducing soundtrack, close-ups of artfully plated food, dramatic voiceovers, and stunning landscapes), the show’s next two volumes are poised to be markedly different, featuring more women and people of color than ever before.

This season will feature Cristina Martinez, the chef behind the acclaimed South Philly Barbacoa (and who also happens to be an undocumented immigrant), Bo Songvisava of Bo.lan in Thailand (who is deeply committed to sustainable cooking/ingredient sourcing), Albert Adriá (a modernist mastermind from Barcelona), and Musa Sagdeviren of Istanbul (who aims to rediscover ingredients, dishes, and techniques that are borderline extinct).

While there is not yet a trailer for season six (premiering in 2019) we do know that we will be seeing the likes of Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Asma Khan from the Darjeeling Express in London, Sean Brock from Nashville’s Husk, and Dario Cecchini of Panzano Italy.

Considering the fact that the most recent season, Chef’s Table: Pastry, featured a 75 percent male, 100 percent white cast, many of these casting decisions are a welcome departure. Given last season’s missteps, is Netflix finally trying to correct course? While only time will tell (10 days, to be exact), the trailer is already showing signs of promise.