Food TV and Movies to Watch on Netflix and Hulu This February

We are currently living in the Golden Age of Food Entertainment. Every month, the networks and major streaming services get a handful of new shows and movies about chefs, restaurants, and the ways people eat around the world. Take a look at what’s new to stream in January right here, and check out Eater’s full guide to food TV and movies at the bottom of this post. (And if you’re always looking for more streaming recommendations, do check out Eater’s newsletter Eat, Drink, Watch., which delivers pop culture editor Greg Morabito’s picks and entertainment news every Friday.)

Ugly Delicious
Netflix, February 23

Momofuku mastermind and Mind of a Chef alum David Chang is getting back on the airwaves with this new Netflix series. Chang will take a bit of a Bourdainian approach and travel the globe, eating and drinking with various chefs, writers, artists, and entertainers. Chang says he wants the show to be “a collaborative forum, a place where it’s okay to have strong opinions and honest conversations about food.”

Mystic Pizza
Hulu, February 1

Before she was famous for playing a diabetic Southern belle, Los Angeles call girl, serial engagement-breaker, and feisty paralegal, Julia Roberts made her breakthrough in the 1988 coming-of-age flick Mystic Pizza. Roberts plays Daisy Araújo, one of three sisters who are waitresses at the titular restaurant in a Portuguese-American enclave in Connecticut. Matt Damon has a bit role, too, making his big screen debut. The sisters deal with family drama and relationship drama, and the movie’s climax comes when a famous food critic stops by to judge the pizzeria’s pies.

See the full list at Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2017/3/3/14807236/best-netflix-food-tv-show-restaurant-movie-amazon-hulu-streaming

Crock-Pot’s Response to Its Tragic Role in ‘This Is Us’ Is a Lesson in Smart PR

I’m a big fan of NBC’s This Is Us, my slow cooker, and good PR. And, wow, how they’ve all melded together since last Tuesday night, when the family drama revealed just how beloved husband and father Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) dies.
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Since the hit show first aired in fall 2016, fans have known that Jack dies before his three kids graduate high school. But it wasn’t until the last episode that they found out exactly how. Turns out that on the night of the Super Bowl, a slow cooker–one that resembles my mom’s 1970s Crock-Pot–sparks a fire that burns down the family’s Pittsburgh home, killing Jack.

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Thousands of the show’s fans immediately took to Twitter to express their sorrow and their intentions to throw out their Crock-Pots. How Crock-Pot responded is one for the PR playbook. Here are four PR lessons to take away from Crock-Pot’s response to the tragic TV reveal.

1. Speed is key in a PR crisis.
2. Lead with empathy.
3. Follow up quickly with the facts.
4. Every company needs a crisis PR plan.

Read more at Inc.com: https://www.inc.com/amy-george/crock-pots-response-to-angry-this-is-us-fans-shows-why-every-company-needs-a-pr-crisis-plan.html

Restaurant Wars brings out the best (and the worst) in Top Chef’s final eight

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

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Let’s begin by addressing a huge development that I overlooked last week: #BeshGate. Southern celebrity chef (and noted culinary hunk) John Besh, a fixture of the Top Chef universe, was outed last year as a total scumbag (Tom wrote a response to both it and the other chef-related scandals that you should read). By that point, however, the show had already filmed his cameo for this current season, which was as a judge at last week’s Olympics challenge. Guys, he was there the whole time, which makes rewatching kind of uncanny. Someone on Reddit even captured all the teensy moments when he (or his hand/shoulder) could be seen, and it’s kinda look spotting a ghost. I remember Tom discussing Besh’s appearance on Twitter after the allegations surfaced, saying that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add some kind of statement before the episode addressing the situation. Bravo, though, chose to ignore it and excise him completely, as if he no longer exists. Whether or not that’s the right route is certainly not for me, a Top Chef critic, to say, but it certainly taps into a larger question pervading culture right now: What, exactly, is the best way to respond for those who vaunted these people?

Read the entire story at AV Club: https://www.avclub.com/restaurant-wars-brings-out-the-best-and-the-worst-in-1822438356

Man v Food is back… with new host Casey Webb: “I’m having a blast!”

Man v Food has been off the air for five years, but now the competitive eating series is back – and a new challenger has stepped up to the plate.

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Casey Webb – actor, food lover and a veteran of the restaurant biz – is replacing original host Adam Richman, taking us on new mouth-watering journeys and tackling different food challenges.

“I’m like a new form of gladiator,” Webb tells Digital Spy. “There’s an arena, people cheering you on, it’s win / lose… and it’s you against the food!”

Webb has already shot two seasons of the new Man v Food, with the first of his new episodes airing in the UK this weekend on Food Network.

“The show was on for four seasons with Adam Richman and then it was off the air for five years,” he explained, acknowledging that re-runs of the old episodes make it feel as though the show never went away.

“It’s as if there’s a new host all of a sudden, but actually the show’s been off the air for a long time. For me, Adam and I are just two different people [though] we both have a lot of experience in the restaurant business.

“I’ve spent my life working in restaurants, and I’ve always had a lot of fun doing that, so there’s a great deal of joy that I feel while I’m doing the show, and I really hope that comes across. I’m having a blast and I hope it shows. That’s really what I feel like I’m bringing to the table, so to speak!”

Read more at Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a848462/man-v-food-casey-webb-season-5/

Every Episode of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ Ranked*

* Based on how tasty the meal looks.Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is self-explanatory, but in case you need a refresher: Jerry Seinfeld borrows a super fancy or rare car, picks up a celebrity, usually a comic, and the pair go out to eat. They argue, tell jokes, discuss the mechanics and intricacies of comedy, Seinfeld asks probing questions about marriage and parenthood, and usually, someone eats a pastry. The show’s entire run is now streaming on Netflix, and given its comedy pedigree, it does not disappoint in the laugh department. If you want to take a culinary tour of New York and California (where the majority of episodes take place) you might be interested in checking it out. Here’s our ranking of every episode of the show, based on how tasty the meal looks.

See the full list at Food & Wine:http://www.foodandwine.com/news/every-episode-comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee-ranked