One year after the explosion that caused the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, this Food Channel original documentary series asked the basic question: Is the seafood safe? We spoke to many people directly and indirectly hurt by the accident.
In part 1, we meet the third-generation oyster farmers and a fifth-generation fisherman whose lives are at stake. And, shockingly, we learn that oil didn’t kill the oysters; it was fresh water unleashed to divert the oil from the coast that did them in.
In part two, we learn what really killed the Louisiana oysters—it was not the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. And we hear from New Orleans legends Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme and other proud NOLA citizens about the resilience, resourcefulness and creativity that are the touchstones of yet another Crescent City comeback.
In part 3, the focus is squarely on the food. You’ll witness creativity in action as some of the best restaurant chefs in New Orleans come up with innovative new ways to cook an oyster. It’s the tastiest chapter yet in the telling of the Gulf Coast comeback.
In part 4, the final chapter of Beneath the Surface, the oyster fishermen, shuckers and restaurateurs of New Orleans talk about what lies ahead for Gulf seafood—which has become the most tested in the history of commercial fishing. You can hear the apprehension in their voices, and see it in their faces. But you also get a sense of their resolve. It’s hard to go far when it’s one step forward, two steps back. But get there they will. It may take a year or two, or more, but like the Saints in ’09, these guys will be part of a great comeback story. Count on it.