25 August 2018

Variety: Netflix Books Star Chef Faceoff ‘The Final Table’

Variety: Netflix Books Star Chef Faceoff ‘The Final Table’

by Henry Chu on August 23, 2018 5:58AM

Netflix has booked “The Final Table,” a high-end cooking contest that pits 24 international star chefs against each other in creating dishes from around the world. The streaming giant has also lined up “Death by Magic,” featuring a British magician who travels the globe performing stunts that stymied – and killed – other illusionists.

Unveiling sneak peeks of both shows at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday, Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted programming, said “The Final Table” was distinguished by its starry complement of competing chefs, at least half of whom have a Michelin star. “We wanted to take a bold swing and sort of show in that space only what Netflix could really do,” Riegg said. “Just having that caliber of chef is something new.”

The contestants try their hand at haute-cuisine versions of national dishes such as Spanish paella, an American Thanksgiving dinner and a traditional English breakfast. The show, produced by the duo behind “MasterChef,” Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton, is expected to drop later this year.

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