Rosalia Chay Chuc
The critically acclaimed cooking series Chef’s Table returns for a smoky, pit-fired selection of barbecue goodness. With four chapters to choose from, the series skips across to different regions across the world. Along the way the show uncovers some of the more prolific faces in the barbecuing community and pays homage to their journeys to stardom. Of course, it’s not always been smooth sailing for these men and women and that’s where Chef’s Table really shines.
If you’ve never watched this series before, fret not. Chef’s Table BBQ takes the core structure of the Chef’s Table formula and adds a few spices and hot sauce to the mix, giving it a distinct flavour. Each chapter looks at a specific chef and documents their history, family life, cooking techniques and more across 40 minute long episodes. The result is something that’s both educational and wholesome, providing more clarity around the foods being cooked and who’s cooking them.
Stylistically the series uses all the same hallmarks in the original series – including the infamous Vivaldi “Winter” playing during the opening credits. The four chefs – Tootsie Tomanetz, Lennox Hastie, Rodney Scott and Rosalia Chay Chuc all bring something new to the table. Their episodes are peppered in with food critics and experts weighing in on what makes their dishes and restaurants so special. This is predictably accompanied by a whole host of money-shots, showing the food in all its juicy, tender goodness.
The four chapters are all unique too and the different stories are as awe-inspiring as they are fascinating. It’s the people who really make this show so endearing and while the food is still the selling point, the people making them is what gives this series its flavour.
As a celebratory look at the art of barbecuing, Chef’s Table BBQ is well worth a watch. It’s an interesting and educational deep dive into this craft and does enough to pique your interest to watch all four episodes. Seeing 85 year old Tootsie working hard to keep her pit fire going or Rosalia’s attention to detail with her slow-cooked pork are definite highlights here. Of course, those familiar with the formula will be right at home and foodies will certainly be in their element.