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Andrew Knowlton '93 Hosts New Netflix Culinary Competition Show
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Andrew Knowlton '93 Hosts New Netflix Culinary Competition Show

Netflix is gearing up to launch what may be its most ambitious food show yet: a 10-part global culinary competition called The Final Table.

The show will feature 24 competitors from around the globe cooking in a series of country-themed challenges administered by nine of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. 

The entertainment giant announced the lineup of elder chef/judges — which includes Enrique OlveraClare SmythGrant AchatzHelena Rizzo, and Yoshihiro Narisawa — over the summer. And now, Netflix reveals the full list of competitors, critics, and “ambassadors” who will also be pat of this culinary spectacle.

Netflix is gearing up to launch what may be its most ambitious food show yet: a 10-part global culinary competition called The Final Table.

The show will feature 24 competitors from around the globe cooking in a series of country-themed challenges administered by nine of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. 

The entertainment giant announced the lineup of elder chef/judges — which includes Enrique OlveraClare SmythGrant AchatzHelena Rizzo, and Yoshihiro Narisawa — over the summer. And now, Netflix reveals the full list of competitors, critics, and “ambassadors” who will also be pat of this culinary spectacle.

The main takeaway here is that many of the competing chefs are stars in their own right, and the Final Table producers have assembled some very big names to help judge the food, too. 

The chef-competitors hail from 18 different countries. Representing the United States is Aaron Bludorn (executive chef of Cafe Boulud in NYC), Timothy Hollingsworth (chef/owner of Otium in Los Angeles), Ronald Hsu (of the soon-to-open Atlanta restaurant Lazy Betty), and Johnny Spero (of D.C.-area hotspot Reverie).

The cast list also includes international talents Monique Fiso (chef/owner of soon-to-open Hiakai in Aotearoa, New Zealand), Darren MacLean (chef/owner of Shokunin in Calgary, Canada), Ash Heeger (chef/owner of Ash in Cape Town), and Shane Osborn (of Arcane in Hong Kong). Five of the chefs are women and 19 are men. 

Each of the country-themed challenges will feature a duo of celebrity ambassadors, as well as a food critic, to help judge the cooking competitions. For the United States-themed episode, Fargostar Colin Hanks and comedian Dax Shepard will serve as the celebrity ambassadors, and Times editor/former restaurant reviewer Sam Sifton will be the critic.

The show’s producers have also tapped esteemed critics Jay Rayner for the UK episode and Francois-Regis Gaudry for the French-themed competition. Former Bon Appetit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton is the host/master of ceremonies.

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