Presented by the purest hosts, this travel series is the mecca of food shows—a real feast for the eyes, heart, soul, and stomach.
This review of the Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil season 5 does not contain spoilers.
For a show to run for five seasons straight it must be doing something right and this appetizing travel series, hosted by Philip Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond creator), knows exactly what it is doing. The popular docuseries is highly entertaining and informative, just an all-round, absolute joy to watch. With each episode the culinary travelogue ventures to a new city as Phil samples the distinct cuisine and culture from that specific location. I was bowled over by the infectious energy of the show’s presenter and the delicious food on display, this is an essential travel show I’ve clearly been missing out on.
In season five, Phil travels to Oaxaca (Mexico), the two Portland’s of America, Helsinki and Madrid, taking full advantage of these illustrious cities’ boundless hospitality, devouring all the local delicacies in sight. Phil has a genuine love for food, eating with no airs or graces at all. He dips, chomps and dives into his food, using his hands or even licking the plate if he has to. The host’s down-to-earth temperament and love of life makes this a delightful production to binge watch. He’s also extremely personable throughout, making friends and getting fully involved in the many hands-on activities the show undertakes. Always offering an easy going attitude and unparalleled purity. Phil really loses himself in the culture and feel of each new destination.
The show follows a pretty rigid structure, with Phil touring the city’s finest eateries, indulging the pastimes of the area and dining with friends and family. The presenter gets his own catchy theme song and socialises with celebs and famous foodies a like, not a bad job to have. Every instalment he partakes in amusing activities, including: lobster catching in Maine, where he also sheers a sheep, fishing in Finland and kayaking in Oregon. An added bonus, in each episode Phil phones up a comedian friend of his to tease with more mouth-watering foody goodness and then they tell him a joke. This light-hearted setup is laidback and fun, keeping in tune with the show’s upbeat vibe.
Somebody Feed Phil is advertised as a travel show, but its main draw is the food. This series will most definitely whet your appetite, I advise watching before a meal. The cuisine on display is truly exceptional, whilst Phil and his guests’ reactions alone of sheer food ecstasy only add to that sentiment. Phil consumes some breath-taking meals and even finds time to feed his crew. Food lovers will lap this up and all will envy this man’s insane diet. How does he keep so trim?
This deservedly successful series is so pure and positive, it’s a real treat for the eyes, heart, soul and stomach. Phil Rosenthal is the perfect host, scoffing and gulping with unmatched delight, the very definition of a kid in a candy store. The show will have you eager to travel and desperate to go dine in your closest top-notch eatery. A wholesome and entertaining feast for all.
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