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New Netflix Docu-series ‘Chef’s Table’ Shines Light on Out Chef Niki Nakayama

The hottest show on Netflix right now is not House of Cards or Marvel’s Daredevil, but a new series called Chef’s Table – a show that gives its audience an up-close look at some of the best chefs around the globe.

The binge-worthy six-part season is by filmmaker David Gelb, which invites viewers inside the kitchens and lives of six world-renowned chefs, debuted on Sunday, April 26.  The 45-minute episodes feature chefs Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber, Francis Mallmann, Ben Shewry, Magnus Nilsson and female chef Niki Nakayama.

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Nakayama is a rare phenomenon in the chauvinistic world of Japanese cuisine. Being female, gay and completely unconventional in her approach to traditional kaiseki is just the start.

Talking on Netflix’s first original reality series, Chef’s Table, she says

We do our own interpretation. The food is also very expressive of who I am.”

Nakayama, of N/Naka in Los Angeles, speaks on the topic of being a woman in a predominately male culinary world.  Viewers learn of the pressures of success, how she found happiness through her work and how creating a thoughtful, personal experience for diners is the strongest vision a restaurant can have.

Watch the official trailer of Chef’s Table below: