Popular Opinion Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Vote up the Chef's Table chefs whose food you'd most want to try.

If you consider yourself a "foodie," or just a normal person who appreciates a good meal, you're probably already watching Chef's Table on Netflix. One of the best original Netflix shows, the documentary series is shamelessly serious about food. The Chef's Table cast is made up of big name chefs, one of which is profiled each week. Installments dive deep into that chef's passions, struggles, mindset, and reasons for creating. Every avid viewer has a mental list of their favorite Chef's Table chefs. Maybe you saw the Francis Mallmann Chef's Table episode and immediately dreamed of dining by a roaring fire in Patagonia. Perhaps you loved the episode about Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan and hope to one day make a pilgrimage to her temple. Whatever appeals to you about the chefs featured on the series, use this list to recall your favorites and plan the Chef’s Table restaurants you want to hit up next time you happen to be in the right city.

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Niki Nakayama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Niki Nakayama

Restaurant: N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, United States
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 4 
Food: Modern Japanese kaiseki cuisine, including a multi-course Japanese tasting menu with dishes like scallops with fresh peas and caviar that is adapted to highlight seasonal ingredients

 

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Jeong Kwan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Jeong Kwan

Restaurant: Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baekyangsa Temple, South Korea
Featured In: Season 3, Episode 1 
Food: Vegan dishes using ingredients like eggplant, basil, tomatoes, plums, oranges, and pumpkins

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Grant Achatz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most

Restaurant: AlineaNext, The Aviary, and Roister in Chicago, Illinois.
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 1 
Food: Inventive New American dishes with ingredients like rabbit, morels, fiddleheads, sorrel, and Redwoods

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Ivan Orkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Ivan Orkin

Restaurant: Ivan Ramen in New York City and Tokyo, Japan
Featured In: Season 3, Episode 4
Food: Orkin, one of the best ramen chefs in the world, makes classic, unpretentious ramen dishes. 

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Massimo Bottura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Massimo Bottura

Restaurant: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 1 
Food: Italian dishes like A Potato Wanting to Be a Truffle, The Crunchy Part of Lasagna, and Oops I Dropped The Lemon Tart 

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Gaggan Anand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Gaggan Anand

Restaurant: Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 6
Food: Traditional Indian food, served from a 25-course tasting menu that uses only emojis to describe the dishes, described as "a way to transcend language barriers." 

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Christina Tosi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Christina Tosi

Restaurant: Milk Bar in New York City and Los Angeles
Featured In: Season 4, Episode 1 
Food: Simple desserts (like cookies, pies, and cakes) and her signature sweet drink "cereal milk"

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Magnus Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Magnus Nilsson

Restaurant: Fäviken in Järpen, Sweden
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 6
Food: Nordic-influenced cuisine, made with local ingredients only, such as diced cubes of raw beef heart, shaved carrot, and green sage salt

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8 4
Nancy Silverton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most

RestaurantMozza and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles, United States
Featured In: Season 3, Episode 3
Food: Artisan breads and other carby delights like ricotta and egg raviolo 

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6 2
Francis Mallmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Francis Mallmann

Restaurant: El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 3
Food: Uses open-fire cooking methods to create truly unique foods like trout baked in clay and lamb smoked in the forest

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Ana Roš is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Ana Roš

Restaurant: Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 5 
Food: A range of cuisine featuring local ingredients, such as bone marrow ravioli with sheep cottage cheese and prosciutto broth

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6 3
Ben Shewry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Ben Shewry

Restaurant: Attica in Melbourne, Australia
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 5
Food: Australian dishes like salted raw red kangaroo with native bunya bunya nuts and purple carrot

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5 2
Dominique Crenn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Dominique Crenn

Restaurant: Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, California
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 3
Food: Experimental French dishes like abalone and brioche with waygu butter stand out as favorites 

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4 1
Corrado Assenza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Corrado Assenza

Restaurant: Caffè Sicilia in Noto, Italy
Featured In: Season 4, Episode 2 
Food: Italy’s finest sweets like cannoli, gelati, and granita 

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4 2
Jordi Roca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Jordi Roca

Restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain
Featured In: Season 4, Episode 3
Food: Creative sweet concoctions like sheep’s milk ice cream, edible spun wool, and cigar smoke-infused ice cream 

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3 1
Virgilio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Virgilio Martínez

Restaurant: Central in Lima, Peru
Featured In: Season 3, Episode 6
Food: Indigenous ingredients elevated with modern culinary techniques like potatoes baked in a soil oven 

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3 1
Vladimir Mukhin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Vladimir Mukhin

Restaurant: White Rabbit in Moscow, Russia
Featured In: Season 3, Episode 2
Food: Russian dishes like rabbit and mini cabbage rolls in foie gras with potato crisps and truffle juice as well as roast suckling pig and Black Sea oysters 

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Dario Cecchini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Dario Cecchini

Restaurant: Solociccia in Panzano, Tuscany, Italy
Featured In: Season 6, Episode 2
Food: Part of a family line of butchers.

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Alex Atala is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Alex Atala

Restaurant: D. O. M. in São Paulo, Brazil
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 2
Food: Brazilian-inspired foods made with jambu, a Brazilian herb that numbs the lips and tongue, causes salivation, and changes the flavors of the dishes 

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Will Goldfarb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Will Goldfarb

Restaurant: Room 4 Dessert in Ubud, Indonesia
Featured In: Season 4, Episode 4 
Food: Notable creations include apple tempura, avocado crepes, and a brioche French toast with eggplant 

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Asma Khan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Asma Khan

Restaurant: Darjeeling Express, London, United Kingdom
Featured In: Season 6, Episode 3
Food: Based on the secret recipes of her family's Royal Muglai roots.

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Sean Brock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Sean Brock

Restaurant: Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Featured In: Season 6, Episode 4 
Food: A focus on preserving southern food crops and culinary traditions.

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Mashama Bailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Mashama Bailey

Restaurant: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia
Featured In: Season 6, Episode 1
Food: Draws on the knowledge and culinary history of the Southern African American chefs who came before her.

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Dan Barber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most

Restaurant: Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, United States
Featured In: Season 1, Episode 2 
Food: A farm-to-table advocate, Barber works closely with plant breeders to develop better tasting crops, so picture things like a simple tomato marinara sauce, but made with the absolute best-tasting tomatoes imaginable

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3 4
Enrique Olvera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Chef's Table Chefs Whose Food You Want To Eat The Most
Enrique Olvera

Restaurant: Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico
Featured In: Season 2, Episode 4
Food: Mexican cuisine like octopus with habanero ink and cauliflower, almond salsa macha, and chile de árbol