I like foodie programmes and wish I could travel the world, but could it also take you on journeys? David Chang and Morgan Neville look to challenge taste buds and minds with an interesting series? Let’s see how it begins….
From James Beard Award-Winning Chef David Chang and Academy Award-Winning Director Morgan Neville comes Ugly Delicious, challenging both our taste buds and minds. Over eight episodes, David travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Ugly Delicious ventures out of polished kitchens into the wider world to explore Viet-Cajun cuisine in Houston, Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo, home cooking in Copenhagen, and much more.
I decided to try it out with the pilot episode (all about pizza).
Episode 1 Highlights
From the start
Introduction sets it up well, good soundtrack and allot of different Pizzas. Love the commentary with two different sides of the same environment. Two chefs talking and a food writer just rift off each other with the oven in Brooklyn, NY.
“Its just sauce, cheese and dough”
You start to see the cultural differences straight away. Pizza with tuna, soy sauce and wasabi? I am confused. They put mayonnaise on a pizza. For them, it is about putting their cultural personality on a pizza.
“For you, you are eating sushi”
The pilot episode is based in New York and they even show what differences are in different states of USA. Expectations are low from the NY Chef but going there, he cooks pizza with another local chef. They make the “white clam pizza pie, they both love it”.
It is all about the flavour and how it has evolved over the years differently in different places. They put it as, how Italian Pizza has become Italian-American Pizza.
“Anyone who puts seafood on a pizza needs a slap on the head”
Italian Neapolitan Pizza
Time to visit the origin of it, Naples Italy. They visit, while an Italian expert tells the audience about the pizza.
The expert talks about how Italian produce is better. How a pizza only 3-4 ingredients on a pizza, with one pizza cooking in 60 seconds! They even talk about how to eat the thing in the proper way.
Bit of a weird segment but the meaning is clear, change happens in what people like – Especially with geographical differences.
To name a few
Thats just the first chunk of the show. They also look at Copenhagen and how they decided to tinker with things. Domino’s and the world of fast food. Also the World Pizza Expo too and the world of the pizza business. The show flows from section to section quickly but with great effort to connect.
Intriguing to say the least. Tackles the foodie programme differently, with the plot focusing on the ideas behind the food and not the food itself. Meaning they look at why a pizza is different around the world than just the fact its a pizza.
As in most segment based shows, some work better than others. If you love foodie shows and want something with a slight twist on the genre. This is the show for you.