Ugly Delicious: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Ugly Delicious

Critics Consensus

Ugly Delicious injects new life into the food documentary by dispensing with culinary pretensions and celebrating a vibrant spectrum of dishes that are sure to whet audience appetites.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 124
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Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018

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Tv Season Info

Over eight episodes, David travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Ugly Delicious ventures out of polished kitchens into the wider world to explore Viet-Cajun cuisine in Houston, Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo, home cooking in Copenhagen, and much more.

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Critic Reviews for Ugly Delicious Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

It's a cooking show that has explicit judgments, and that states them, and sometimes tries to work through them, which makes it less soothing than some other cooking shows, but also more interesting.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Chang's best moments are thoughtful takes on the immigrant experience.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I don't watch much food television. What it serves up - competition, showiness - has never really made me hungry. Until now. David Chang's series "Ugly Delicious," on Netflix, makes me ravenous.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Those who prefer their pizza with the works should order up the first episode of "Ugly Delicious," the delightfully messy new series by renowned chef David Chang, who is grounded enough to appreciate the occasional slice of Domino's.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

In the very least, it provides plenty of food for thought.

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Don't watch [Ugly Delicious] while hungry.

Feb 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It's for want of a better term, woke cooking, and it makes for hypnotic watching, which is why I'd probably end up queuing for more of it.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It tells a beautiful story of America and how we got here, one taco at a time.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The message is reassuringly simple: the inelegant, ungainly and downright dangerously calorific is just as important as a three-Michelin-starred chef's latest dizzyingly complex concoction.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Food-culture show about more than just cuisine.

Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ugly Delicious: Season 1

  • Jul 03, 2019
    Talks about elitism the entire series how it's wrong, but is an elitist when it comes to Asian foods.
  • May 11, 2019
    Would be excellent if it wasn't so politically charged. I loved episode one even with the Anti Trump joke. But episode two became a political open border, illegal immigrant sob story that once again shows that netflix is trying to manipulate viewers politics injecting open border globalist views into shows that do not need them. Food should be like religion or sex and have nothing to do with politics. This series would have been amazing if I didnt have to hear the partisan preaching.
  • Apr 24, 2019
    Could of been a better host , David Chang is very bias and not really open minded , he is very arrogant on the show , and he alone breaks the show for me
  • Feb 19, 2019
    The host Chang drops too many f-bombs for absolutely no reason. Seemingly encourages interviewees to swear as well, which to me takes away from the topic of the episode. The format made me think of Showtime's The Circus, except there's more swearing. We learn a bit at first, but I find the episodes tend to veer off into self-importance where a bunch of guys ramble on to the point of not liking any one of them. Too bad, I was hoping to like this one following my deception of Salt Fat Acid Heat, or rather its irritating host Samin Nosrat. Chang is just as annoying.
  • Feb 14, 2019
    The problem is that the program focuses much around likes and dislikes of the showman and, so on, some interesting things which are discussed lose the main point.
  • May 29, 2018
    This was an incredible tv show which took audiences to a far more grassroots level of popular foods and their histories. Both Chang's interview style and the lens were sensitive and inquisitive, seeking to explore deeper cultural issues and nuances behind items like fried rice, fried chicken etc. I just loved it. It was not about the high class, $500 a pop dish like a lot of tv specials, but about the real food that we all have access to or have been curious about.
  • May 20, 2018
    Liberal alert! Darn! This is the second Netflix produced show I've ever seen that had ANY level of watchability or professionalism (The other is Woody Allen's film) and I THOUGHT it was getting good until they began spewing LIES about immigration and undocumented workers being deported in Episode 2. A man who's wife is a Mexican citizen but owns a successful restaurant in Philly says she at risk of deportation -- except -- if he is a US citizen, that is a LIE. then the show went on to moan and complain about Trump. JUST LIKE EVERY pussyhat in liberal media. Netflix original content is so across-the-board biased to CNN levels of liberalism, I would absolutely OPT OUT of their original content -- including ads. I don't need their pathetic lies or liberal crocodile tears. Stick to entertainment, Netfix (not politics) -- you smell like old Hollywood.
  • Apr 09, 2018
    super show - well made
  • Apr 03, 2018
    While the food in the show all looks delicious the host David Chang, while trying to come off as all inclusive of all cultures and traditions, only manages to seem racist.
  • Mar 23, 2018
    Ugly delicious Falls Flat

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