Ugly Delicious

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Ugly Delicious
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Directed by
Presented byDavid Chang
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Ben Cotner
Adam Del Deo
  • Morgan Neville
  • David Chang
  • Eddie Schmidt
  • Peter Meehan
  • Christopher Chen
  • Lisa Nishimura
Running time45-55 minutes
Production company(s)Tremolo Productions
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatDigital (HDTV)
First shown inWorldwide
Original releaseFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23) –
present (present)
External links

Ugly Delicious is a non-fiction original series on Netflix combining travel, cooking, and history. Each episode highlights one dish or concept, and explores how it is made in different regions and how it evolves.

The first season premiered on February 23, 2018 with host David Chang.[1]

On November 22, 2018, it was renewed for a second season.[2], which premiered on March 6, 2020.[3]


Each episode examines the cultural, sociological, and culinary history of a specific popular food. Chang challenges and explores the attitudes in each dish's lore. Mike Hale wrote in his review for The New York Times that Ugly Delicious is "an extended television essay, in the form of free-associative, globe-trotting conversations about food and culture."[4]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
24March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Pizza"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David Chang explores the concept of authentic pizza. Mark Iacono travels to New Haven, Connecticut and Naples, Italy. David and Aziz Ansari travel to Japan.
22"Tacos"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
After trying tacos in Los Angeles with Jonathan Gold and Gustavo Arellano; David and Peter travel to Mexico.
33"Homecooking"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David and Peter prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for the Chang family while fellow chefs look back on their memories of food.
44"Shrimp and Crawfish"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David attempts to bring Viet-Cajun cuisine to New Orleans.
55"BBQ"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David explores Korean barbecue with Steven Yeun and David Choe. Peter attends an American barbecue symposium.
66"Fried Chicken"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David explores Nashville hot chicken with Sean Brock while also learning about the complicated history of soul food.
77"Fried Rice"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
David examines one of the most pervasive foods on the planet: Chinese food. While doing so, he explores the misconceptions that Westerners have behind it ranging from its usage of MSG, to the nature of "true Chinese food" and how it differs from Western takeout.
88"Stuffed"February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
The episode includes a friendly debate about which is better: Asian dumplings or Italian stuffed pasta? David explores the different types of xiaolongbao and meets up with Ali Wong.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
91"Kids Menu"March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
102"Don’t Call It Curry"March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
113"Steak"March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
124"As the Meat Turns"March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)


Critical reviews have mostly been positive. Greg Morabito of Eater called the series "maddeningly good" claiming that it, "raises the bar for food/travel shows."[5] Jen Chaney of Vulture praised the show for raising important cultural issues and taking "a highly egalitarian approach to cuisine."[6]


  1. ^ Patten, Dominic (2018-01-18). "Netflix Cooks Up 'Ugly Delicious' Docuseries From Chef David Chang & Oscar Winner Morgan Neville". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ Porter, Rick (November 22, 2018). "'Ugly Delicious' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Jensen, Erin (February 19, 2020). "Netflix: Everything coming (and disappearing) in March 2020 (including 'Ozark')". USA Today. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Hale, Mike (2018-02-23). "Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  5. ^ "Sorry Haters, 'Ugly Delicious' Is Maddeningly Good". Eater. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ Chaney, Jen. "Ugly Delicious Is Satisfying TV That Will Make You So Damn Hungry". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-02-27.

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