The Final Table: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
The Final Table

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User Ratings: 58

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Episodes

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018
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Critic Reviews for The Final Table Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

If you enjoy MasterChef, you'll love this terminal exaggeration of the genre, devised by former MasterChef producers -- although you might be left wondering how the format can ever progress beyond such enormity.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet what is a reality show without the watercooler experience of being watched collectively? That's half the fun. And ultimately to give The Final Table a cheery thumbs-up feels somehow wrong in the gut.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It is Olvera's show in the end. The rest is, literally, noise.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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So, for the life of me, I don't know what The Final Table is for. Either Netflix deliberately made a show to sit around unwatched, or it has overestimated the extent to which we want to see a load of fame-hungry ninnies muck about with sausages

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Every episode except the finale is more than 50 minutes long, and the first few are close to one hour, which is far too much time for episodes that have just two challenges and ignore many of the 24 competitors.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

A pretentious display of global overconsumption, the show is filled with self-regard to the point of absurdity.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Global cooking competition fun for foodies of all ages.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As someone who spent all of last Christmas break binge-watching Iron Chef America in my pjs, The Final Table feels like a quirky level up.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Final Table: Season 1

  • May 19, 2020
    Pretty entertaining overall. Too bad it seems there won't be a second season. The biggest issue for me is the host as he seems like he'd rather be anywhere else but at the competition. The concept behind the show itself is really interesting, cooking national dishes, but it certainly advantages certain chefs over others. Now, for my favorite part, all the reviews from people crying about the issues of lack of diversity, white males, cultural appropriation, and chefs making (very funny) crass jokes. Ignore them. They're sad people looking for some kind of justification to be angry in life. They want to appear virtuous, but instead demonstrate that they are completely clueless on the meaning of food culture and how it brings people and cultures together. They would prefer to keep us segregated, each culture sticking only to what they created. In a competition where you have representation from all over the world and you have both men and women competing, what makes them angry? That white chefs did well? Do they believe they only did well because of their skin color? Wow, incredible. Anyway, I've already given them more attention than they deserve. Ignore their reviews. The show is a fun watch. It's not perfect, and I think that they could have greatly improved in a second season, but it looks like they won't get the chance because of the vocal minority of people who like to complain about literally everything.
  • May 08, 2020
    I started this show very excited to begin a show that actually showcases different cuisines from all over the world with different underdogs. I was in a for a huge disappointment. This show Is completely tone deaf. It highlites the lack of diversity in the top chefs in the world. It truly blows my mind that the French chef actually picked an omelette that was too salty over the other dishes to go into finale or that the chefs kicked a chef off just because she didn't understand Kaiseki. By the end of the show, literally all of the finalists were older white males. It was also disturbing that just because a chef did a dish well, those same chefs felt entitled to open a restaurant specializing in that cuisine, i. e, the Australians wanted to open an indian restaurant after making literally one good dish. Ffs. So much culture appropriation and ignorance. I literally did not care about who won. Terrible show. I feel badly for the contestants because I know they really tried. Also, I've never disliked a host more. He is like a robot expressionless and just not likable as a host.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    I think this cooking show has a very interesting twist seeing as how it does not come from the Food Network. There were a few times in the show where I didn't understand the format of how they ran the competition specifically near the end of the show. It was awesome getting to learn about all the different food cultures that there are in the world.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    Initially felt uncomfortable about some of the insensitive and tone deaf scripting of the show, as if it was not edited by gender/ culture / history sensitive staff. From the Brazil episode it started becoming cringe-y when they started glorifying the dark history of the dish and its ties to slavery. It even went on with how male chefs gave the male gaze to the Brazilian model and the worst part was with the sexual innuendo that was just foul. The judging was also not as objective. The Asian chefs were sent home because of too much truffle? but the blunders of the other chefs were given a free pass. Monique and Amninder were given the cat-fight edit which is really a low blow because it's impossible that they are the only ones who have had a tough day in the kitchen throughout the competition. It seems that producers were already determined to send them home because apparently, even a dish of raw pumpkins that was called "flat" by the judge himself had to be saved over a pumpkin puree which was "packed with flavor" (also said by the judge) only because the only woman team left made it. This was also the ep where three white men sent a team to the bottom three because they were unfamiliar with the touch of pre-colonial america to the dish. So much for diversity and inclusion, murica. The same judge also chose to save a team that a chef who worked for his restaurant in the past. What is conflict of interest??? At that point I just stopped watching and got tired of this botched up show that's really just all about robbing talents and upholding backwards belief systems. So yes, this sucks.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    All these chefs are going home with good dishes. If you want to watch a cooking show where all the chefs have skill than this is a good show for you. The critics complain that its too long and all the chefs are pretentious. These are top chefs. They have created something of themselves unlike movie critics on a biased website. There is no fake drama or fluff. Just world class chefs making food from around the world.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    I absolutely LOVED this show. The cinematography is amazing, and seeing this level of technique is really impressive.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    I thought this was an excellent series. I enjoyed it much more than MasterChef or anything like that. These are seriously talented chefs and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them work.
  • Mar 07, 2019
    Great culinary cooking competition! All of the chefs have a story to tell and they tell it with food. Amazing!!
  • Feb 20, 2019
    This is one of the best cooking shows that I have watched in years. The level of the competitors, and the judges was amazing. I learned so much from watching it and truly hope that there will be a second season.
  • Feb 18, 2019
    It is obvious that almost all negative reviews are from people who didn't watch this show in it's entirety, the rest of them are just idiot's. This show is pure entertainment. Anyone who's ever ever enjoyed an episode of Iron Chef should feel right at home with The Final Table.

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