Extra Helpings with Babish and Dave
One of my biggest fears in life (next to snakes) is being called lazy. It’s something that genuinely terrifies me and every day I wake up at 6am and don’t stop working until midnight. Rinse and repeat. This fear, it seems, appears to be something shared by Jon Favreau. The man has been everywhere this year and between The Mandalorian, Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King, this work-horse returns for Volume 2 of Chef Show in the midst of this busy schedule. If you enjoyed the first part of this cooking series, you can’t go wrong here either in this enjoyable series that provides more of the same.
From cooking with Seth Rogan to preparing oysters in California, the series itself follows the same culinary journey the first volume took, with a mix of cooking skills, insightful discussions with celebrities and a celebratory look at the world of cooking. To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot different here compared to the first and that’s a good thing as the first volume was very good indeed. Personally, I enjoyed the Skywalker Ranch and Seth Rogan episodes the most but your favourites are likely to differ depending on your personal tastes.
Visually, this second volume sticks to all the same tricks that made the first so endearing, with the animated food truck driving along the road and ingredients flying in the air before cooking each dish. It’s such a simple but effective way of engaging the audience and it’s something that works really well again here through the 6 episodes of Volume 2.
Most of the series sticks to the same tricks of the trade that made the first volume so endearing, with overhead shots, close-up shots of chopping and cutting vegetables and plenty of dialogue explaining every step of the way. The probing questions return, asking when to add certain ingredients, how long to keep things in the oven and all the other culinary tricks along the way. It worked well in the first volume and here again, it works effortlessly to keep things educational and entertaining.
If you enjoyed the first volume of The Chef Show, you’re sure to love Volume 2 as well. There’s some great content here that’s well worth checking out. With all the same aesthetic tricks as before and a return of the minimalistic score, The Chef Show once again showcases Jon Favreau’s unwavering work ethic in another entertaining slice of cooking goodness.
Verdict - 7.5/10