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How the Focus of ‘Chef’s Table’ Makes It Stand Out From Any Other Food Show

Indiewire talks to Chef’s Table directors Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and David Gelb about what makes their Netflix documentary series different than any other culinary show out there. For one, the show never uses zoom lenses and doesn’t have a food stylist on set.

“It’s set in the world of food but about people,” says Gelb. “We’re not really concerned with telling the audience how they cook. It’s really more about why.”

“I think it’s a question of focus,” McGinn adds. “We’re really interested in narrative. It’s not necessarily based around events — it’s around people’s personal stories and personal journeys, and so there are arcs and evolutions that come of that, that I think are different than a traditional reality food program.”