Chrissy Teigen, well known for being a “modern day Martha Stewart” with her own cookbooks and line of cookware, joins Dave Chang in Marrakesh to continue his Netflix series’ – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner – journey to taste and learn about traditional cuisines around the world.
Overall, this episode is fantastic – as a super fan of Chrissy Teigen, her cookbooks, and her general no-nonsense and carefree approach to life, this should come as no surprise. but when one of my friends told me that the episode featured not only her, but her throwing pottery, I knew I had to see it.
What I love about this episode the most, though, is how it highlights not only the cultural importance of food, but also shows how traditional meals would have been (and continue to be) made.
At one point they come across a local food stall called Chez Lamine who roasts a whole lamb in a pit in the ground (which actually turns out to be a cave of over a dozen roasting lambs!), and are given fresh portions from it to eat shortly thereafter.
This is also shown during and after Chrissy’s brief stint in a traditional pottery workshop in Marrakesh, where she and Dave attempt to throw tagines on the wheel (Dave claims that making a tagine might be her calling after she gets excited about the prospect of making one herself). The tagine is “not a dish, but actually the vessel…it’s a whole genre of cooking.” (in the words of Dave Chang)
For anyone who’s ever been a beginner at throwing pottery on the wheel, the scene is totally relatable – it shows just how difficult the practice is, and also highlights the immense skill that traditional potters of Marrakesh exhibit in their craft – in the show, when they ask a potter about how many they typically make in a day, he replies that the number is around 120-140!
For all the publicity that this episode received after it aired, very little attention has been given to the scenes which feature local potters (particularly compared to the numerous interviews and articles about Seth Rogen’s hobby).
This is why I think it’s important to document and highlight these moments – to show that pottery (and its production) is not unimportant, and that it’s being depicted right under our noses everyday. Perhaps seeing our favorite celebrities engaging with the craft will make pottery more palatable, and potentially more interesting, for our friends, families, and colleagues down the road.