Like any film and TV genre, there are good food movies and shows, and then there are bad ones. But when it comes to separating the cream from the crap on Netflix, I’ve done the prep work for you.
Warning: Don’t watch any of these on an empty stomach.
How host Adam Richman is not 500 pounds is a mystery. He travels across America to sample some iconic regional dishes and take on some daunting food challenges. During his Denver visit, Adam took on the biggest burrito in the West – 7 potatoes, a pound of ham, 12 eggs, a whole onion, cheese and chili.
Chopped may be an intense 30 minute cram cooking contest with harsh judges, but it’s the mystery basket ingredients that really makes it interesting. Four chefs call on their culinary skills as they face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal with some bizarre ingredients. Cow tongue, anyone?
In each episode, four of the country’s top bakers compete for a $10,000 prize in a cupcake-baking competition. In the end, the prettiest and most delicious cupcake wins.
This documentary series goes inside the minds of renowned chefs like David Chang, Sean Brock and April Bloomfield. Studying their influences, failures and successes, all while making you want to eat basically every single thing on the screen.
From an egomaniac to a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture, each of the six 45-minute mini-documentaries tells the story of a world-renowned chef and the incredible food they make.
Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.
This feel good film stars heavy hitters like Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara and John Leguizamo. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck chef as he takes a soul-searching culinary road trip across the country. His young son finds ways to promote the food truck on social media websites and launches the truck to huge levels of success.
This documentary chronicles the career of 89-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono. The absolutely gorgeous food and inherently lovable Jiro sets this one apart from the rest.
Director Yung Chang travels the world to meet extraordinary fruit hunters and aficionados. Across culture, history and geography this film shows how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat.
Frightening yet riveting, Fed up alleges the food industry has waged a 30-year campaign to mislead the public about the health and safety of its food, all with the help of the United States government. This film will undoubtedly spark conversation about your own consumption habits or what you were taught about nutrition back in school.
Three omnivores take a six-week challenge to ditch meat and cheese, learning the longterm health benefits of adapting a strict vegan diet and seeing how it works for them.
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