Some shows are just better when binge-watched. Whether it's the latest BBC comedy, a PBS miniseries from the '70s, or just that cultish show prematurely scrubbed from a network, we're hooked on the stream. Staying In(stant) is your guide to the best of streaming content. Each week, we bring you a show we're obsessed with and think you should be, too.
This Week: The first season of the PBS series The Mind Of A Chef — the show you watch while eating instant ramen and feeling a thousand times more awful about it because you're, well, eating instant ramen in your living room and not real ramen in Japan.
Where To Watch: Netflix
How I Got Hooked: For some reason, PBS just does food and cooking-related shows a helluva lot better than cable channels like Food Network. There aren't any celebrity chefs or crazy reality competitions, just good ol' quality programming. But, that's not even why I love the show. It's because the host of the first season, Momofuku's David Chang, is just so good at balancing his boy-next-door personality with his impressive résumé and plethora of scientific facts that he never comes off as a pretentious Michelin-rated chef (he has two stars, FYI). Instead, he just seems like a regular Joe who loves, loves, loves food. Cameos by chef friends like René Redzepi, Wylie Dufresne, and Christina Tosi are pretty cool, too.
Best Episode: The very first episode. Sorry, spoiler alert: A Michelin-rated chef eats raw, uncooked ramen complete with MSG powder — #nomnom.
Why You'll Love It: The series has a good balance of humor, history, science, and food. It's basically a show for foodies who want to learn more about food, not just whatever's trendy or sold out of a truck. And, bonus: If you love Japan, you're going to want to make a list of every restaurant Chang and company visit.