Heating Up in the Kitchen: 3 Chef Centered TV Shows from Hoopla

23 Jun

Hungry for some great shows set in the high stress world of the professional kitchen?  Hoboken patrons can stream these three shows from Hoopla!

Chefs is a French Drama that aired from 2015-2016.  It focuses on the owner/chef of a fine dining restaurant and Romain, a new dishwasher, who has just been released from prison and is on probation.  The two find they have more in common than just a talent for creating amazing meals, as they form a bond while struggling with the demons of their past and present.  If you like lots of workplace as well as relationship drama than Chefs should be a winning recipe for you.  So far, I’ve binged the first four episodes and look forward to watching more.  Both Season One and Two are available with English subtitles.  It is rated TV 14 and I would recommend it for an adult audience.

Under the Grill
If you enjoy reality shows, then check out the down under import, Under the Grill, about Celebrity Australian Chef Sean Connolly who is trying to open a fancy steak house in the famous Sky City Grand Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.  He has $4 million dollars and a deadline of a 100 days to complete the task.  See if he can get it done before the Rugby World Cup.  My son and I watched the first two episodes together and found it fast paced and exciting to learn more about what it takes to open a fine dining restaurant.  Connolly encounters delays when jack hammering for his cantilevered balcony disturbs the convention center above and the spa below.  He also debates using beef from Australia and New Zealand; will he make the right choice?  There are six, 22 minute, episodes available for you to stream.

Delicious is an English dramedy (2016-2019) staring a great cast including Jack Taylor (from Game of Thrones), Dawn French (French & Saunders), and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).  Chef Leo Vincent (Taylor) owns a hotel whose restaurant he also runs.  In the first episode current younger wife Sam (Fox) suspects he might be cheating on her and goes to his ex-wife Gina (French), also a talented chef, for advice.  What Sam learns and what happens next, including a surprise twist at the end, sets in motion the plot for the rest of the season and series.  Although listed as unrated, due to adult content, I would recommend this series for only a mature audience.  If you enjoy dark British humor with your drama then this may be your cup of tea.  You can enjoy all three seasons of the series from Hoopla.

Foodies will enjoy next week’s post featuring two romances set in the world of competitive baking competitions.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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