‘Chef’s Table’ Recap: Ivan Orkin

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:01:01 +0000
A story of loss, perseverance, and undeniable triumph<br /><br />Ivan Orkin, the brash, white, Jewish guy from New York who made his name as one of the best ramen makers on the planet has an unorthodox story and, thus, an unorthodox Chef’s Table episode. That means no tweezer food, plenty of swear words, no slow shots of the chef communing with nature (okay, maybe there’s one shot of him and cherry blossoms). TL;DR: he was a problem child, fell in love with Japan, fell in love with cooking, suffered personal tragedy, and found his reason for being and his ultimate success in Tokyo, in ramen:<br /><br />Will I laugh? Probably! Orkin is a funny, outspoken character. Just his interaction with his mother where she chastises him for Instagramming at the table is worth a chuckle.<br /><br />Will I cry? Unless you are a monster, yes. Yes you will. I did a couple of times.<br /><br />Will there be curse words? Three in the first 43 seconds, and about a dozen thereafter.<br /><br />Will there be food porn? What’s refreshing about this one is there is still plenty of food footage but it’s primarily noodles and giants vats of soup. It doesn’t pretend to be glamorous.<br /><br />Who are the random food world talking heads? Peter Meehan, founder and editor of Lucky Peach, and Hiroshi Osaki, chairman, The Ramen Database.<br /><br />To recap:
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