Matty Matheson is back with a brand new season of Vice's Dead Set on Life. And while a trailer for the new episodes teased shots of the Canadian chef donning a luchador mask and playing with swords in the woods, the Season 2 premiere actually featured a touching trip back to Cà Ná, Vietnam with a close friend.
Matheson’s mentor, Rang Nguyen, fled Vietnam at the end of the war in the 1970s, and returned for the first time in decades with his heavyset pupil. Rocking a very merch-able “Master Rang!” t-shirt, Matheson’s mentor takes him through his old stomping grounds, a section of the country famous for making a hearty, anchovy-based fish sauce.
“Cà Ná is a sleepy fishing village that produces some of the best fish sauce in Vietnam,” the chef explains. “But it also produced my best friend and cooking mentor.”
If Episode 1 is any indication, the new season of Dead Set on Life is going to deliver more food, more Master Rang, and a whole lot of feelings.