The six-part series goes inside the lives and kitchens of top culinary talents from around the world. Gelb previously directed 2011’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” currently available to stream on Netflix, about an octogenarian sushi master whose $300-per-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies.
Chefs featured in the docu-series are Ben Shewry (of Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles), Dan Barber (Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy).
Netflix has been focusing on documentaries as a key part of its originals mix. That has included a partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company, which previously teamed with Netflix on “Virunga,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about endangered gorillas in the Congo’s Virunga National Park.
Other docus Netflix has acquired rights to include “Hot Girls Wanted,” a look into the porn industry produced by Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”); “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” about legendary singer and pianist Nina Simone, from filmmaker Liz Garbus; and “E-Team,” about four Human Rights Watch workers who were first-responders investigating abuse allegations in Syria and Libya.
“Chef’s Table” is produced by Boardwalk Pictures. Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Matt Weaver serve as exec producers with Dane Lillegard as co-executive producer for Boardwalk Pictures. The series is directed by Gelb, Fried, McGinn and Clay Jeter. WME negotiated the sale of “Chef’s Table” to Netflix.