The Final Table

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The Final Table
GenreCooking show
Directed byRussell Norman
Presented byAndrew Knowlton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Adam Cooper
CinematographyRamy Romany
Running time53–59 minutes
The Old School
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseAugust 11, 2018 (2018-20-11)
External links
Official website

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.[1] The series features twelve professional teams of two competing against each other by creating cuisine based on each episode's country theme.[2] 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.[3]


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 (Scotland)
  • 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 (Singapore & Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (France)


No.TitleFirst Round JudgesThe Final Plate JudgeNational DishFinal Plate Ingredient
1"Mexico"Enrique Olveratacoopuntia
2"Spain"Andoni AdurizPaellaOctopus
3"UK"Clare SmythEnglish breakfastEnglish pea
4"Brazil"Helena Rizzofeijoadacassava
5"India"Vineet Bhatiamurgh makhani (buttered chicken)coconut
6"USA"Grant AchatzThanksgiving dinnerpumpkin
7"Italy"Carlo Craccopastaartichoke
8"Japan"Yoshihiro Narisawakaisekisea urchin
9"France"Anne-Sophie Pichare à la royale [fr]egg
10"The Finale"N/AN/AN/AN/A

Contestants' progress

Contestants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Darren MacLean (Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (United States)* SAFE SAFE BTM3 BTM3 SAFE WIN WIN WIN BTM3 Winner
Shane Osborn (Australia) and Mark Best (Australia) SAFE WIN SAFE BTM3 WIN WIN WIN BTM4 WIN Runner-up
Esdras Ochoa (Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Brazil) SAFE BTM3 WIN WIN SAFE SAFE BTM3 BTM4 ELIM
Charles Michel (Colombia & France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Ecuador) WIN WIN SAFE SAFE BTM3 BTM3 BTM3 BTM4 ELIM
Aaron Bludorn (United States) and Graham Campbell (United Kingdom) BTM3 SAFE BTM3 WIN BTM3 WIN SAFE ELIM
Manuel Berganza (Spain & Singapore) and Benjamin Bensoussan (French) SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WIN BTM3 ELIM
Monique Fiso (New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (India) SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN ELIM
Alex Haupt (Australia & Netherlands) and Ash Heeger (South Africa) BTM3 BTM3 SAFE SAFE ELIM
Jessica Lorigio (Spain) and Johnny Spero (United States) SAFE SAFE WIN 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 cooked the best dishes 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
  • Timothy Hollingsworth won


Upon release, the show received a mixed 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.[4]

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.[5] In a more positive review, David Sexton wrote in the Evening Standard that fans of MasterChef will "love this".[6] David Levesley of GQ noted the high and low points of the show, writing that it contained "the perfect blend of trash and intellect".[7]


  1. "The Final Table: Has Netflix reinvented the recipe for food programmes?". The Independent. November 16, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. "'The Final Table' Is a TV Spectacle That Shows Room for Improvement". Eater. December 1, 2018.
  3. Griffin, Annaliese (November 28, 2018). "Seven cringe-worthy moments in Netflix's awful food competition show, "Final Table"". Quartzy. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  4. "The Final Table: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. Mangan, Lucy (November 21, 2018). "The Final Table review – big, bombastic and barely watchable". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. "Celebrity chefs go nuclear on Netflix' The Final Table". Evening Standard. November 22, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. Levesley, David. "Netflix's latest cooking show is the perfect blend of trash and intellect". British GQ. Retrieved February 3, 2019.


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