Netflix renews Ugly Delicious for a second season


It seems appropriate that Ugly Delicious host, and Momofuku founder, David Chang announced on Thanksgiving that his Netflix show would be picked up for a second season.

The Ugly Delicious announcement came on Chang’s Instagram. The short video show Chang’s mother cooking in the kitchen, being filmed by Chang and telling Chang’s followers that the show would be returning.

The first season of Ugly Delicious dropped on Netflix in February and consisted of eight episodes. The show follows Chang around the world as he focuses on one food or cooking style each episode while examining the culture and history of that topic.

His intent is to show how food connects everyone and acts as a bridge between different cultures and backgrounds.

No release date has been announced for the second season.

The first season featured episodes highlighting topics like pizza, tacos, and home cooking while bringing in guests like Ali Wong, food critic Jonathan Gold and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

The show has received a lot of praise, including Vulture’s Jen Chaney who praises the series’ ability to dive into why certain foods feel personal and culturally specific—even when they’re being assimilated. She goes on to say “Ugly Delicious is informative, entertaining, and enriching, and I can’t recommend it more highly.”

The show is not without criticism, though. Texas Monthly published an article by Daniel Vaughn saying, essentially, that Ugly Delicious missed the mark with its barbecue episode. Vaughn goes on to criticize the show for not having a single African American pitmaster featured on camera.

In an interview with Eater’s editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt and Recode executive editor Peter Kafka, Chang responded to the criticism by saying that he does read them and “whether it wasn’t inclusive enough through African Americans or through women, I just know that we had one season, and we did our best, and we had no intention of trying to be exclusive. And hopefully there’s a second season, and we’ll be able to do it better.”

Well, now that there is an official second season, we can see how well Chang is able to adjust.

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Along with Chang, Ugly Delicious’ executive producers include co-host Peter Meehan, filmmaker Morgan Neville, Christopher C. Chen, Ben Cotner, Adam Del Deo, Lisa Nishimura, and Eddie Schmidt. Neville and Schmidt also direct some episodes.

What do you think is next for the series? What sort of food or cultures do you hope they take a look at next? Let us know in the comments.