Culinary innovation and collaboration are the main course in the new documentary series, Supper Club, set to premiere at the New People Cinema in San Francisco on March 19. The series follows renowned Chef Alvin Leung as he visits some of the most innovative restaurants and tastemakers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chef Leung holds three Michelin stars for his restaurants Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and Bo London in London. His nickname the “Demon Chef” comes from his unique, cutting-edge approach to Chinese cuisine—what he calls “X-treme Chinese”—which combines molecular gastronomy and fusion. His signature dish at Bo Innovation, “Sex on the Beach“, serves diners an edible “condom” on a shitake beach to raise funds and awareness for AIDS charities.
In this sneak peek of the seven-part series, Leung visits Benu in San Francisco and exchanges techniques and flavors with James Beard award-winning Chef and Owner, Corey Lee. Next, he stops by luxury hotel, Mandarin Oriental, and creates a new dish with the help of Executive Chef Adam Mali. Finally, he visits Korbin Kameron Winery in Sonoma Valley and takes a stroll through the scenic vineyard with Winemaker Korbin Ming.
In all his visits, the unique flavors of Asian cuisine are highlighted as well as talented Asian Americans who are setting the pace for cuisine in the Bay Area. The visual shots of the food are eye-catching and Leung brings a high-energy and passionate energy to the show. I give this documentary series a 3.5/4 stars for its representation of Asian American innovators and its fresh look at classical Asian and Asian Fusion cuisine.