Netflix has been slowly working its way into the hearts of food-lovers, starting with Chef's Table and moving most recently to Samin Nosrat's Salt Fat Acid Heat. With the release of the trailer for their next big show, The Final Table, they show a desire to move into the cooking competition arena (beyond Nailed It!, of course).
As you can see in the above trailer for the new show, the competition on The Final Table resembles Top Chef, with elimination challenges in each episode, although the big, modern-looking set leans a little more toward Iron Chef, as do the swooping camera shots. The concept brings together pairs of chefs from around the world — assigned by the show — to compete against each other in cooking various cuisines of the world. In other words, we'll get to watch chefs from Singapore and Spain compete against ones from Hong Kong and Australia to make the best taco.
Those tacos then get judged by an all-star cast from around the world, including folks like Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea and Enrique Olvera of New York's Cosme. Former Bon Appétit editor Andrew Knowlton hosts, too, so the on-camera talent is clearly hired to draw in serious food-lovers. Behind the camera, the new show is produced by veterans of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. Add onto that a food critic from each featured country and a pair of celebrity ambassadors (the U.S. one is Sam Sifton, along with Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard), and there's a lot of mega-star power going on in the 10-part series.
The point of the series seems to be forcing extremely talented, high-end chefs to cook unfamiliar cuisines, which could be a bit of a wildcard for the viewer. While Chef's Table bets on showing chefs doing exactly what they're best at, The Final Table seems to gamble on the Nailed It! side of things: that it's more fun to watch people struggle. At least with these pros, we can bet even their struggles look and taste incredible.