Food documentaries have become increasingly popular over the years and streaming giant Netflix has a big part to play in that.
From the biographical “cheffy” tales we hear in Chef’s Table to the more humorous Ugly Delicious and Salt Fat Acid Heat, they have every aspect of foodie docs covered.
And now they’ve got a new series under the belt which is proving a hit with audiences everywhere: Taco Chronicles.
While many have praised the documentary for its insight into one of Mexico’s most famous dishes, there is one element to the show that has been deemed a bit too wacky for some viewers.
Here’s everything you need to know about the narrator of the show, who voices the ‘taco narrator’ of Taco Chronicles.
Why do they have a narrator in Taco Chronicles?
Most of Netflix’s other foodie series have no narrators, as they base the episodes around interviews with chefs, restaurant critics, so on and so forth.
But for the Taco Chronicles, where the history and personal tales of the taco are at the centre of the series, the production team decided to incorporate a narrator in a rather bizarre way.
The narrator voices the perspective of the taco.
This may sound like it doesn’t make sense off the bat, or that you would need Pixar-esque animations of Mexican cuisine for it to work, but the taco-as-the-narrator is made clear to the viewer from the very beginning.
One of the narrator’s first lines in episode 1 is “A tried and true friend. I am the al pastor taco”. He changes which taco he is per episode and in the second he becomes the carnitas and says things like “I am a star. That’s why I spend so many hours under these lights.”
Who is the voice of the narrator?
Obviously, this is not a real taco speaking to us, but a man. A real human man voicing a taco – it all sounds a bit too oddball, we know.
The voice behind the ‘taco narrator’ is Alejandro de la Rosa Jiménez.
Alejandro is a sports commentator from Mexico who has worked for ESPN on numerous occasions and was a personality on the ESPN show Fútbol Picante.
He also is a successful sports journalist and has interviewed the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Fernando Torres, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
Although his resumé is impressive, we’re certain Alejandro’s never done anything quite like the Taco Chronicles before…
If you want to keep up to date with Alejandro, you can follow him on his Twitter.
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