The Final Table
|The Final Table|
|Directed by||Russell Norman|
|Presented by||Andrew Knowlton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Adam Cooper|
|Running time||53–59 minutes|
|Original release||August 11, 2018|
The Final Table is an American reality cooking competition web television series hosted by Andrew Knowlton. The first season was released on Netflix on November 20, 2018. The series features twelve professional teams of two competing against each other by creating cuisine based on each episode's country theme. The first round of cooking is based on the judges (one food critic and two culturally significant citizens of the episode's country) asking the contestants to cook a nationally significant dish. The bottom three dishes cause their cooks to compete in a second round, named The Final Plate Challenge, using a specific ingredient relevant to the country's culture, chosen by a renowned guest chef.
Each chef was paired with a fellow chef that they knew from their personal or professional life before the event.
- Aaron Bludorn (United States) and Graham Campbell (United Kingdom)
- Darren MacLean (Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (United States)
- Shin Takagi (Japan) and Ronald Hsu (United States)
- Alex Haupt (Netherlands) and Ash Heeger (South Africa)
- Shane Osborn (Australia) and Mark Best (Australia)
- Monique Fiso (New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (India)
- James Knappett (United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Mexico)
- Jessica Lorigio (United States) and Johnny Spero (United States)
- Collin Brown (Jamaica) and Colibri Jimenez (Mexico)
- Esdras Ochoa (Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Brazil)
- Charles Michel (Colombia & France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Ecuador)
- Manuel Berganza (Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (France)
|No.||Title||First Round Judges||The Final Plate Judge||National Dish||Final Plate Ingredient|
|3||"UK"||Clare Smyth||English breakfast||English pea|
|5||"India"||Vineet Bhatia||murgh makhani (buttered chicken)||coconut|
|6||"USA"||Grant Achatz||Thanksgiving dinner||pumpkin|
|8||"Japan"||Yoshihiro Narisawa||kaiseki||sea urchin|
|9||"France"||Anne-Sophie Pic||hare à la royale||egg|
|Darren MacLean (Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (United States)||SAFE||SAFE||BTM3||BTM3||SAFE||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH||BTM3||Winner|
|Shane Osborn (Australia) and Mark Best (Australia)||SAFE||HIGH||SAFE||BTM3||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH||BTM4||HIGH||Runner-up|
|Charles Michel (Colombia & France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Ecuador)||HIGH||HIGH||SAFE||SAFE||BTM3||BTM3||BTM3||BTM4||ELIM|
|Esdras Ochoa (Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Brazil)||SAFE||BTM3||HIGH||HIGH||SAFE||SAFE||BTM3||BTM4||ELIM|
|Aaron Bludorn (United States) and Graham Campbell (United Kingdom)||BTM3||SAFE||BTM3||HIGH||BTM3||HIGH||SAFE||ELIM|
|Manuel Berganza (Singapore) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Spain)||SAFE||HIGH||SAFE||HIGH||HIGH||BTM3||ELIM|
|Monique Fiso (New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (India)||SAFE||SAFE||HIGH||SAFE||HIGH||ELIM|
|Alex Haupt (Netherlands) and Ash Heeger (South Africa)||BTM3||BTM3||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM|
|Jessica Lorigio (Spain) and Johnny Spero (United States)||SAFE||SAFE||HIGH||ELIM|
|Shin Takagi (Japan) and Ronald Hsu (United States)||SAFE||SAFE||ELIM|
|Collin Brown (Jamaica) and Collibri Jimenez (Mexico)||SAFE||ELIM|
|James Knappett (United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Mexico)||ELIM|
- The contestants scored high in the challenge.
- The contestants were in the bottom, but cooked the best dish of the night.
- The contestants were in the bottom.
- The contestants were eliminated.
Upon release, the show received a poor response from critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 50% approval rating based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 4.67 out of 10.
In a review for The Guardian, critic Lucy Mangan described the show as "bombastic and barely watchable", giving the show two out of five stars. In a more positive review, David Sexton wrote in the Evening Standard that fans of MasterChef will "love this". David Levesley of GQ noted the high and low points of the show, writing that it contained "the perfect blend of trash and intellect".
- "The Final Table: Has Netflix reinvented the recipe for food programmes?". The Independent. November 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
- "'The Final Table' Is a TV Spectacle That Shows Room for Improvement". Eater. December 1, 2018.
- Griffin, Annaliese (November 28, 2018). "Seven cringe-worthy moments in Netflix's awful food competition show, "Final Table"". Quartzy. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
- "The Final Table: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Mangan, Lucy (2018-11-21). "The Final Table review – big, bombastic and barely watchable". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
- "Celebrity chefs go nuclear on Netflix' The Final Table". Evening Standard. 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
- Levesley, David. "Netflix's latest cooking show is the perfect blend of trash and intellect". British GQ. Retrieved 2019-02-03.