SBS to screen four top food documentaries in February

Noma chef René Redzepi

Noma chef René Redzepi

SBS Food Network will celebrate defining figures in food and their relentless pursuit of perfection in a series of four documentaries dubbed The Plate-able documentary series.

Screening each Sunday evening in February, the series kicks off with a look at perhaps the world's most famous restaurant, Noma, and its owner-chef René Redzepi during 2013, the year dozens of diners contracted a gastrointestinal virus and the restaurant slipped from its number-one position on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Noma, My Perfect Storm zooms in on the pressures that chefs face to meet diners' expectations, commercial imperatives and their creative impulses, day in, day out.

Fast-forward two years and Redzepi is taking Noma to Tokyo for a two-month residency, the focus of Ants on a Shrimp, the third documentary in the series. Cue plenty of foraging adventures, failed experiments by the kitchen and trips to the Tsukiji Fish Market as Redzepi and co prepare 14 new dishes for opening night.

The fourth documentary in the series looks at another contemporary giant, Ferran Adrià, and a year in the life of his Barcelona restaurant, El Bulli. Released in 2011, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is a time-capsule of a not-so-distant period when gels, foams and spherification were the hallmarks of fine dining.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, meanwhile, is a profile of sushi master Jiro Ono, a figure whose career significantly pre-dates the celebrity-chef and Instagram era. His exacting standards have made his 10-seat Sukiyabashi Jiro a three-star dining destination in Tokyo - but have also created enormous pressure for his sons, who followed in his footsteps as a sushi chef and will one day take over the restaurant.

While the cuisines, styles and philosophies of each chef are very different, they share a common thread of experimentation and reinvention - and it's that obsession that this month-long series is all about. It's the perfect excuse to host a Sunday potluck-and-chill session.

The Plate-able documentaries screen at 7.30pm Sundays on SBS Food Network from 4 February 2018.


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
David Chang’s Ugly Delicious is about to make you very hungry
09.02.2018
Lee Tran Lam on her obsession with podcasts
09.02.2018
Australia’s top-ranked cheeses announced
02.02.2018
SBS to screen four top food documentaries in February
30.01.2018
Josh Niland to open a seafood shop in Sydney
29.01.2018
Sydney Fish Market: now delivering
17.12.2017
The Gourmet Traveller podcast

Each fortnight we round up the most interesting characters from the food world for your listening pleasure. We chat to chefs, cooks, authors, bar tenders and baristas - anyone who has something new and interesting to say about the way we like to eat and drink.

Listen
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Hot 100 2015 - Food

The world is getting hotter and we’re not talking about glob...

Women in Hospitality

A new organisation is empowering women working in the hospit...

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the do...

The producers: Colony honey

A selection of regional monofloral honeys sourced direct fro...

Liquid gold

We find ourselves inexorably drawn to salt caramel in a jar....

The producers: Atssu Divers

Hand-dived abalone, turban shell and sea urchin.

Making a scene

Entertainer Julia Zemiro notes there’s little difference bet...

Deutscher’s Turkey Farm

When it comes to talking turkey, the best birds have lived t...

Sandor Ellix Katz Q&A

Food fermentation 'revivalist' and guru Sandor Ellix Katz di...

The producers: Alexandrina Jersey milk

Meet the producers of the creme de la creme of Australian fu...

Gamze smokehouse

Bringing local flavour to artisan-made bacon.

Gourmet Traveller Gourmet Fast app

Now, here's a mighty handful: GT's Gourmet Fast recipes are ...

Food emoji we wish existed

What? More than 200 new pictograms in the latest Emoji set, ...

What is jumbuck?

The jumbuck has leapt straight from the pages of Banjo Pater...

Inside Out almond milk

Thicker, creamier milk, with a more pronounced almond flavou...