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True crime fans warned to ‘brace themselves’ for disturbing new documentary exposing chef turned convict

True crime fans warned to ‘brace themselves’ for disturbing new documentary exposing chef turned convict

The new Netflix documentary series looks at a Spanish chef who was convicted of murder

Let’s be honest, there are some pretty f**ked up things you can watch on Netflix.

With plenty of true-crime documentaries and shows based on real-life events, you can learn about and watch all kinds of wild things.

From docs about affair dating sites being hacked to the man that was intensely stalked for six years, the streaming site’s latest top watch exposes a chef turned convict.

And true crime fans have been warned to ‘brace themselves’ for it because it’s such a dark story. The new Netflix documentary recently landed, with three episodes telling the creepy story.

César Román was a well-known chef. (Netflix)
César Román was a well-known chef. (Netflix)

Cooking Up Murder: Uncovering the Story of César Román premiered on 10 May and analyses the murder case which implicated a Spanish chef 'who built a career in the spotlight through a web of secrets and false identities'.

Known as 'The Cachopo King', Román was convicted of murdering and dismembering his partner Heydi Paz.

The Netflix documentary miniseries features statements from his prison along with other testimonies. Included in those is Gloria Francis Bulnes, Paz’s mother, who speaks out about the case for the first time.

Román was already known to Spanish authorities due to his allegiance to several far right political parties. After he was arrested for the murder, his countless acts of fraud came to light. Román once set up a magazine which faked interviews with political figures but that went bust and he disappeared.

Later, he opened a restaurant in Madrid were his signature dish was the Cachopo. But when footfall dropped dramatically, he simply disappeared again.

He was convicted of murdering and dismembering Paz. (Netflix)
He was convicted of murdering and dismembering Paz. (Netflix)

Paz was 20 years younger than Román and was reported missing by her mum on 23 July, 2018. On 13 August that year, human remains were discovered stuffed into a partially burned suitcase in a warehouse owned by the chef.

He was arrested on 16 November, after he had began working in a restaurant under an alias with a changed appearance. In 2021, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Román had denied killing Paz but in April 2024 he wrote a letter confessing his part in the crime and asked her family for forgiveness.

The documentary looking into this wild story has been hugely popular on Netflix, with viewers warning to ‘brace yourselves’ as they ‘discover the dark side of the culinary world’.

One even said: “Cesar Roman reminds me of Ted Bundy. The way he presented himself to the court.”

Another slammed with their opinion: “Cesar Roman is a douche and highly narcissistic.... infuriating... but I digress.” Others agreed it’s ‘infuriating’ to watch.

The documentary is available to watch in Spanish with English subtitles or you can watch it dubbed into English.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, Netflix, Documentaries, TV and Film