Make It Work Monday: The Promise

Travel is in my blood. Combine travel with amazing food and you have the super potent love potion to make me step away from life and throw all my money at two of my favorite things. I seriously could start a new fad of “Adventure Eating” where you choose a place to travel to primarily for the purpose of eating fantastic food. Now that I think of it, I’ve been nursing a nutty idea for awhile to do my level best and visit as many of the restaurants featured on Nexflix’s Chef’s Table, one of the best documentary shows I have ever consumed.

I suppose I could begin with the Los Angeles locations:

Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, United States)

Nancy Silverton (Mozza in Los Angeles, United States)

And I’m sure I’ll be back in Chicago this year so it just makes good sense that I plan to check out

Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and Roister in Chicago, United States)

There is also a high probability that I’ll make a swing through NYC this year so I’ll need to scope out the reservation wait lists for

Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, United States)

▪ Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen in New York City, United States, and Tokyo, Japan)

This is an incredibly ambitious list on its own, but if I do manage to pull out my London-Paris trip this year that could put four other restaurants on my list.

Alain Passard (L’Arpège in Paris, France)

▪ Alexandre Couillon (La Marine in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, France)

▪ Adeline Grattard (Yam’Tcha in Paris, France)

Michel Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France)

Clearly I have #foodgoals for 2018. We’ll see how many I can pull off.

If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table you really should. It is the best food porn ever! I’ve listed the restaurants featured in all four seasons below. Bon Appetite!

Chef’s Table is available for streaming on Netflix.com.

Season 1 consists of six episodes:

Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy)

Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, United States)

Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, United States)

Ben Shewry (Attica in Melbourne, Australia)

Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen, Sweden)

Season 2 consists of six episodes:

Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and Roister in Chicago, United States)

Alex Atala (D. O. M. in São Paulo, Brazil)

Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn in San Francisco, United States)

▪ Enrique Olvera (Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico)

Ana Roš (Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia)

Gaggan Anand (Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand)

Season 3 consists of six episodes:

Jeong Kwan (Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baekyangsa Temple, South Korea)

▪ Vladimir Mukhin (White Rabbit in Moscow, Russia)

Nancy Silverton (Mozza in Los Angeles, United States)

▪ Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen in New York City, United States, and Tokyo, Japan)

▪ Tim Raue (Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin, Germany)

Virgilio Martinez (Central in Lima, Peru)

A spin-off, titled Chef’s Table: France was released in September 2016

Alain Passard (L’Arpège in Paris, France)

▪ Alexandre Couillon (La Marine in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, France)

▪ Adeline Grattard (Yam’Tcha in Paris, France)

Michel Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France)

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Lubbock, Texas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.

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