Chef’s Table: BBQ On Netflix, Netflix’s critically acclaimed documentary food series focussing on Chef’s lives. Chef’s Table: BBQ is a new season of the Emmy-nominated series that dedicates each episode to the life and culinary skills of a specific chef. In this four-episode season, four Chefs and Pitmasters are contoured, from Texas, Sydney, Mexico, and South Carolina. Tootsie Tomanetz, one of the more captivating chef stories which everyone would want to hear. BBQ
The first episode of ‘Chef’s Table: BBQ’
The first episode showcases an 85-year-old widow named Tootsie Tomanetz and a grandmother who manages a school during the week. One Saturday morning she wakes up and does her job: she is the famous Pitmaster at Snow’s BBQ in Kingston, Texas. Tootsie never thought of becoming a barbeque expert, she mastered the trade when she started a meat market along with a restaurant in Giddings and asked her to assist. Over the next 20 years, the couple owned a meat market together where she mastered the know-how of smoking briskets, sausages, ribs, chicken, and turkey breast to the point where the market became a well know place in town.
Here are some of the best lines from Tomentaz’s Chef’s Table First Episode
1. Tomanetz on the positive neighborhood around the barbecue: “Barbecue brings people together. It gives people time to visit with each other more. People just kind of slow down to speak to one another and look at the bright side of life. A lot of people don’t realize what a wonderful feeling that is.”
2. Tomanetz on being brought up on a farm at the end of the Depression: “We learned how to make things work without help. We were taught to handle the situation ourselves. It was my training, I guess. It gave me the fullness of knowing that I can handle quite a bit of stuff. I can take care of myself.”
The Ups and Downs in the life of Tootsie Tomanetz
Norma Frances Tomanetz better known as Tootsie worked with her husband Edward Tomanetz but had to sell their thriving business after Edward suffers from a stroke. She began working as a custodian at the Giddings Independent School District and entered Snow’s BBQ in 2003. Many years later, the barbecue joint was named as the best in the state by Texas Monthly in 2008, and the crew had to handle the overwhelming response and lines. One fine day in 2013 she was offered a job in a new BBQ joint close Kingston, and she’s been throwing wood coals into the huge smokers ever since. Suddenly she had a face with the deaths of her husband in 2015 and son Hershey, who worked alongside her.