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TIFF ’14: Netflix orders doc series “Chef’s Table”

VOD service Netflix has commissioned Chef's Table, an original doc series to be made by David Gelb, the filmmaker behind hit doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi (pictured).
September 9, 2014

VOD service Netflix has commissioned Chef’s Table, an original doc series to be made by David Gelb, the filmmaker behind hit doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi (pictured).

The six-part series, details of which unveiled today (September 9) at TIFF’s Doc Conference in Toronto, will premiere in 2015 in all territories where Netflix is available.

The show features six international chefs, promising viewers the opportunity to venture into their lives and kitchens. In a statement, Netflix VP of original documentary and comedy Lisa Nishimura said: “We want to continue to support the best in non-fiction storytelling.

“While some stories are best told as feature length films, others, like Chef’s Table, greatly benefit from being able to communicate their story in a multi-episodic fashion. We’re fortunate to have the flexibility to match the story with the best format.”

The series is Netflix’s second original doc series commission, after it last year ordered four-part docuseries Russell Peters vs. the World. The platform has also made fledgling steps into the talk show space via a partnership with Chelsea Handler, and continues to acquire big doc titles, such as E-Team, Virunga and The Lady in Number 6.

Chef’s Table is executive produced by David Gelb, Matt Weaver, Andrew Fried of Boardwalk Pictures and Brian McGinn. The series is directed by David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Clay Jeter.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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