Five food shows and podcasts you need to know about

Table Manners with Jessie Ware is presented by singer Jessie Ware and her mother, Lennie.
Table Manners with Jessie Ware is presented by singer Jessie Ware and her mother, Lennie. Photo: iTunes

As new food media debuts almost daily, it can be hard to keep up. Some are prime, such as David Chang's Ugly Delicious; others are as riveting as watching bread bake. We've cut through the fat to bring you our five essentials.

Podcasts

The Sporkful

New Yorker Dan Pashman wants you to know his podcast "isn't for foodies, it's for eaters", but it's really for anyone fond of being informed and entertained at the same time. The often hilarious Pashman deep-dives into a different topic each week and recent episode titles include Is Sandwich Sexism Real?, Why Cows Wear Fitbits and Nigella Lawson is the British Beyonce.

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Warning: contains occasional coarse language and heated discussion about the merits of serving creme fraiche with lemon meringue tart. For this very British podcast, singer Jessie Ware and her mother, Lennie, cook a three-course meal for a celebrity guest and chinwag about all things food and family direct from Ware's own kitchen table. Conversations are rarely more charming and feature talent from all points of the cultural spectrum, such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Mel B, Paul Smith and Richard Curtis.

Television

The Chef Show

Do all of Hollywood's A-listers want to be on a cooking show these days? It certainly seems that way. The intersection of food and celebrity is at its peak with this Netflix hit starring Los Angeles food-truck trailblazer Roy Choi and actor-director Jon Favreau. Gwyneth Paltrow stops by for a chat, as does Robert Downey jnr, Tom Holland and Seth Rogen. The best part is cooking segments that are properly informative, such as trimming brisket with barbecue guru Aaron Franklin, or making cauliflower kimchi fried rice with David Chang.

Street Food

Netflix's Chef's Table transported viewers into the kitchens of the world's greatest restaurants and earned much acclaim for its production design. It also attracted criticism for portraying fine-dining chefs as demigods, and a "could do better" when it came to cultural diversity. It's creators took that criticism on board with Street Food and the result is some of the most impressive food television ever produced. Focused on chefs behind hawker stalls in nine Asian countries, including Thailand, Korea and Japan, the human stories are even more beautiful than the stunning visuals.

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The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum loves food and is very good at talking about it. Cooking With Jeff Goldblum was released online last year and it's all types of fun, featuring the suave, jazz-playing actor making lunch with Bryce Dallas Howard and late LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. Goldblum's latest series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, premieres November 19 on Disney's new streaming service, and food will be a major focus with whole episodes dedicated to coffee, ice-cream, Korean barbecue and other things Goldblum likes to snack on while being weird and wonderful.