From a new season of Somebody Feed Phil to foraging fiddlehead ferns, balsamroot and stinging nettles for culinary masterpieces from Canadian Chef Paul Rogalski, fall will be a tasty season for food TV. Here are our choices to sit and stream.
The second season of the sensational PBS Wild Harvest foraging series with Canadian survivor expert and musician Les Stroud, alongside award-winning Chef Paul Rogalski has kicked off with travels through wine country, digging up balsamroot and sagebrush for some experimental twists on classic dishes.
In the outback series, Stroud shares his extreme wisdom on adventures of gathering wild edible ingredients in rugged terrain, while Rogalski transforms berries and bark on open fire into sophisticated gourmet dishes like a balsamroot and Merlot chicken plate . From the foothills of Alberta to the rough shores of the Oregon coast, Rogalksi , who is culinary director and co-owner of the acclaimed Rouge Restaurant in Calgary , explores the culinary potential of wild ingredients. It’s as fascinating as it is therapeutic. The rugged duo hopes to feature urban adventures in Los Angeles next season.
If you love true crime as much as food news, Devoured on Vice debuted this year and is about as addictive as the ice cream, pizza and deli wars it covers in this first knotch docu-series. The first episode, A Slice of the Pie, old fashioned mafia justice is served up when a family recipe from Brooklyn’s L&B Spumoni Gardens & Pizzeria is stolen.
We All Scream digs deep into the deaths of four who died from a listeria outbreak after Blue Bell Ice Cream refused to pull its product from the shelves. Still, Texans stand by their brand with an almost cult-like devotion.
Perhaps most fascinating is the episode centered on the multimillion-dollar bee heist stretching from the docks of Los Angeles to California’s Central Valley, involving the cross-country theft of hundreds of bee hives by organized crime. The research and incredible access to insiders is delicious, including the sheriff who enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby, and ultimately cracked the case.
And for Phil Rosenthal fans, the wait is over. The Somebody Feel Phil season premieres on Netflix, on Sunday, Oct. 18, with a new lineup of cities including Croatia, Philadelphia, Nashville, Austin, and Santiago, and includes a special tribute episode to Rosenthal’s parents, Helen and Max.
Also Worth The Watch
Bobby and Sophie On The Coast premiered on Food Network & discovery+ this week, a three-episode series that takes celebrity chef Bobby Flay and daughter and LA community journalist Sophie on a food travelog across the city. Visits include the iconic Jitlada kitchen to make green curry, shopping at the Original Farmers Market, Nancy Silverton’s The Barish, Yamashiro, Gigi’s, breakfast at Salt’s Cure, and Persian ice cream at Mashti Malone’s.
Long-running culinary hit Chef’s Table returns to Netflix on Wednesday, Sept. 7, with a season that’s all about the pizza. From Portland to Phoenix, Italy to Japan, go inside the kitchens of chefs whose creativity elevates this ordinary dish to an art form, tossing up unique flavors, inspiring backgrounds, and passion for creating the perfect slice. Featured chefs include Chris Bianco from Phoenix who just opened Pizzeria Bianco in DTLA, Gabriele Bonci (Rome, Italy), Ann Kim (Minneapolis), Franco Pepe (Caiazzo, Italy), Yoshihiro Imai (Kyoto, Japan) and Sarah Minnick from Portland.
Also coming to Netflix in October is some nostalgic fun – The Easy Bake Battle: Home Cooking Competition. The new culinary competition series, inspired by Hasbro’s iconic Easy-Bake Oven that used a pair of ordinary incandescent light bulbs as a heat source, features skilled and clever home cooks facing off and using ingenious kitchen hacks to prove who can make the easiest, fastest, and most delicious food. Stream in on Friday November 4th – National Easy Bake Oven Day.
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