TL;DR – With Volume 5 just released and Volume 6 just around the corner we take a moment to map out all of Chef’s Table
If you have been reading my reviews for a long time then you will undoubtedly know that I have a deep love for David Gelb’s striking food documentary series Chef’s Table on Netflix. It is a world full of beautiful food, fascinating stories, and a deep exploration into a world that I don’t really get to visit. Well today the fifth volume (six if you add in France which we do) has dropped and I wanted to take a moment to combine my love of both food and cartography and thus chart out every restaurant visited throughout the series so far (and even into the next volume since the names of the chefs have already been announced). With the maps, if a chef had more than one location featured, we picked the central place explored in the episode.
Chef’s Table Full Map
Here we see the map in all its glory, and once I started to put it together it dawned on me just how many chef’s lives we have gotten to explore over the years. Like Alexandre Couillon and his restaurant La Marine in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, France, who struggled to find his voice in a place set in its way in Chef’s Table France (see review). Or Jeong Kwan who cooks for the Chunjinam Hermitage in South Korea. Who we meet in Volume 3 (see review) who cooks food for her monastery and explores a completely different way of life to other chefs. Also once you plot it out you do see a concentration of locations in Europe, which we have isolated below, North America, and a smattering of places in Asia, The Pacific, and South America. There are no chefs from places like India, or China, or the continent of Africa and while the show has continued to diversify, it would be good to see more work here.
Chef’s Table Europe Map
When it came to the placing the locations, it was Europe that had the most issues as it took a lot of careful maundering to get all the locations to fit, a problem that I assume is only going to get more difficult as time goes on. As well as this, with this map, I decided that if there were two locations in the same city, like Paris, or Los Angeles, I would leave them as they were but if there were more I would add an inset. For this map the only place I needed to do that for was New York, which I made a bit bigger than I probably needed to once I plotted them all out, but I have a feeling that more will go there by the time we are done.
So I hope you enjoyed our map of Chef’s Table, and if you want to see more of our cartography excesses you can click HERE.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – The World Map that we used as a base was created by ‘San Jose’ which is shared with a Creative Commons Licence. The New York insert was developed in part with help from Google Maps