Friday, April 07, 2017

Chef's Table: Nancy Silverton

One more episode of Chef's Table from Netflix, about Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Nancy Silverton. Much less of the usual phoniness in this episode!
Nancy Silverton many years ago when she founded the LaBrea bakery. First she made all the bread by hand.
Then she expanded it into a commercial bakery and sold it. More recently: I've had their bread from major supermarkets.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the many places Silverton worked, showing how she established her reputation. I definitely had heard of her; unlike in some of the Chef's Table series, which feature fairly obscure though food-world-famous chefs. Overall, it was a good show.

Here's L.A.Times critic Jonathan Gold (whose face is usually a secret).
He's a bit over-the-top but not like the usual Chef's Table "experts."
The only other expert was Mario Batali who is always over the top.
Nancy Silverton has a very expressive face, and I enjoyed their close ups of her, as well as the scenes where she
tasted foods that her staff were preparing and showed her reactions. The impression (whether true or not) is
that she's a very hands-on director of rather large restaurant kitchens, as well as a host for the dining rooms.
Silverton's current restaurants are Italian, and I loved this image of her
hands preparing squash blossoms. I also liked the part where she purchases
the squash blossoms and many other foods from a delivery truck.


Beth F said...

I really love that series.

Jackie McGuinness said...

I haven't watched this yet, will have to look out for it.

nishitak said...

I should catch this show sometime. Sounds very interesting.

Jane @ said...

I love seeing women chefs! The culinary world is so male-dominated, especially at the very top, so it's exciting to see a strong woman chef making waves.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

My nephew loves Chef's Table, I have to catch up with this.