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Ugly Delicious

Season 1 2018

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z on Netflix
  • 45 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins (8 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

All the flavor. None of the BS. Star chef David Chang leads friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world's most satisfying grub.

8 episodes

1x01 Pizza

  • Series Premiere

    2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

What is authenticity? Is pizza Italian, American, or Italian-American? Dave Chang and pals Peter Meehan and Mark Iacono argue the merits of sauce, dough, cheese and nationalism as we journey from Naples to New Jersey and everywhere in-between. Guest stars include Aziz Ansari, Wolfgang Puck.

1x02 Tacos

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

There's more to Mexican food (and Mexico) than meets the eye - and a taco is the gateway drug. Dave Chang joins Jonathan Gold and others on an all-night taco crawl through LA, which launches Dave and buddy Peter Meehan into parallel explorations of Mexican food, in unsuspecting places (Copenhagen; Philadelphia) and the colorful homeland itself. It's a timely look at immigration, assimilation, and globalism...wrapped in a delicious tortilla.

1x03 Homecooking

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

It's the Great Changsgiving as Dave welcomes collaborator Peter Meehan home for the holidays, and explores the intimate meaning of a family meal in Copenhagen with chef Rene Redzepi and wife Nadine. Guest stars include Mrs. Chang and Jean-Georges.

1x04 Shrimp and Crawfish

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

When cultures collide, deliciousness ensues. Dave compares and contrasts the food and orthodoxy of Houston and New Orleans via two delicious denizens of the ocean. It's a trek through Vietnamese and Cajun cuisines that eventually suggests a merger of the two - but only after traversing the seas of racism.

1x05 BBQ

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Who can lay claim to inventing "real" BBQ? Is BBQ uniquely American, or a food of the world? Dave Chang tries to fuse his Korean and American roots as he considers this meaty landscape along with pitmaster Adam Perry Lang, artist Dave Choe, and guest star Jimmy Kimmel.

1x06 Fried Chicken

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Every culture has a version of fried chicken, but after considering Japan, China and his own Korean roots, Dave must venture to the American South to explore our tasty yet complicated history with the dish. Can you enjoy a food without knowing its history? Guest stars Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lolis Eric Elie, David Simon.

1x07 Fried Rice

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

What is Chinese-American food? Can it be considered fine dining? How different is it from Chinese food in China? Dave and pals including Alan Yang (Master of None) and food writer Serena Dai (Eater) probe these questions as Dave travels all the way to Beijing with expert Fuchsia Dunlop to consider both palates and prejudices. Guest stars Ruth Riechl.

1x08 Stuffed

  • 2018-02-23T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

It's East vs West as Dave and chef Mario Carbone tackle the age-old debate between Italian and Asian dumplings, which brings them from grandstanding podiums to rolling dough with rural grandmas. Ultimately, is good food about technique, history, or heart? Guest stars Ali Wong, Nick Kroll, and Massimo Bottura.