It's no secret that Netflix's original programming has changed the world of television. Starting with shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, there are now a myriad of shows available on the streaming service-- more than any one subscriber could watch even if they wanted to. Netflix has recently began producing unscripted series as well, like its upcoming revival of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. Now the streaming service is putting some focus on cooking shows, especially its new series Ugly Delicious, starring celebrity chef David Chang.
Ugly Delicious (opens in new tab) is an upcoming Netflix docu-series that will focus on David Chang's unique sensibility about food. The series, which comes to us from Academy Award-Winning Director Morgan Neville, will will follow Chang as he travels the world with a variety of guests. Over a meal Chang will "use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences". And we've already got an idea of some of the guest stars who will be appearing in the Netflix series.
The first sneak peek of Ugly Delicious shows David Chang speaking with comedian Ali Wong. Wong recently had a Netflix standup special, so it stands to reason that she'd pop back up in another one of the streaming service's programs. Also joining Chang throughout the eight episode first season will be Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll, Chef Rene Redzepi, and Ruth Reichl.
You can check out the first sneak peek below, which is noticeably lacking in any actual food.
Well, that was charming. If David Chang's chemistry with the rest of his guests is anything like the above clip, then it looks like Ugly Delicious might be a delightful diversion from the service's many scripted shows. Luckily with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Nick Kroll joining him, there should be plenty of moments of pure comedy. Kroll must be especially happy to collaborate with Netflix, considering his animated series Big Mouth has been renewed for Season 2.
It should be interesting to see how Netflix subscribers react to Ugly Delicious. While the service has plenty of docu-series at its disposal, they're almost all harrowing true crime series. But Ugly Delicious will allow Netflix produce some lighter unscripted content. Plus, binge watching a food show just seems like the most hilarious and ironic experience one can have.
Ugly Delicious will arrive on Netflix February 23. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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