David Chang needs no introduction. From the empire that is Momofuku to the irreverent and now-defunct Lucky Peach, his influence on hospitality and food in the past two decades cannot be overstated. For those who first encountered the chef during his Netflix series Ugly Delicious or just prefer this format to consume Chang-related content, let it be known that another series is on its way. What's in store this time around? David Chang is taking us to the apocalypse. In The Next Thing You Eat - a new series from Hulu - the restauranteur explores the future of food in a world where climate change is the deciding factor behind what we eat.
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Joined by Morgan Neville, a producer on Ugly Delicious and also director of the Anthony Bourdain doco Roadrunner, David Chang hypothesises what we'll be eating once many of the earths resources are inevitably depleted. Spoiler alert: it has a lot to do with crickets and lab-grown meat and fish. He confronts this grim reality with a playful and informative approach. Expect episodes on the role of robots in food delivery ('Rise of the Machines'), restaurants, breakfast, burgers and a segment titled 'Sushi: Say Goodbye' - surely not!
The idea behind The Next Thing You Eat came after the enormous upheaval brought on by the pandemic. At the time, Neville and Chang began a conversation about the future of restaurants which led to an understanding that the "pandemic was going to accelerate a lot of things in how we lived,” Chang told Variety.
“There’s going to be more people, less land. We should ask ourselves, what does it mean?", he said. "What are the ethical questions we should start asking ourselves?"
Chang and Neville have brought on celebrities like Anderson .Paak and chefs including Eddie Huang and Corey Lee to help confront these issues together.
You can watch the six-part series The Next Thing You Eat on Hulu from October 21, 2021.