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Share Plate Top Five: Foodie Movies

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Share Plate Top Five: Foodie Movies Share Plate Top Five: Foodie Movies

Our team has narrowed down a selection of food-focused movies to give you the ultimate lazy weekend of watching. Grab the popcorn, settle into the couch and press play on these foodie favourites:

 

#5: The Trip

 

In theory, this shouldn't work. Two middle-aged comedians driving around the British countryside to review eateries for a newspaper, doing impressions of serious actors along the way.

The dynamic of the Trip is set up early, with bitter Steve Coogan bouncing off content family man Rob Brydon. When Coogan proposes he come along, Brydon asks "Why me?" - only to be told that everyone else had said no. 

 

Almost a documentary at times, the Trip is relentlessly entertaining as you join Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on their road-trip. The destination kitchens are shown briefly, with the emphasis more on their relationship as the two travel.

Personal and professional tensions rise along the way, but mostly this is a showcase for their talented impressions, which will at times leave you on the floor laughing. 

Why watch it:
  • Food takes a back seat here, with glimpses of dish platings shown at each stop. The real emphasis is on the comedy - and when it hits, it's side-splitting.

 

#4: Tampopo

At it's heart, Tampopo is a movie about seeking perfection in a bowl of ramen. Coming out of mid-80s Japan, it's an original mix of so many elements that it's hard to describe what genre it would fit into.

It works in it's own weird logic as the hero Gozo, a long distance trucker, finds Tampopo, a young woman who has everything a man could ever want in a woman - except for the ability to make perfect noodles.

What follows is a string of increasingly funny (and strange) experiences leading towards the perfect noodle, and the perfect noodle restaurant. The detail is uncanny - an early scene has a noodle master explain how to eat a bowl of ramen in incredible detail, all the way to thanking the dish. 

Philosophical and dream-like at times, Tampopo is a complete original.

Why watch it:
  • For anyone with an interest in the process around food, Tampopo will scratch that itch more than you could imagine.

 

#3: Big Night

Before streaming, before Youtube, before Tony Bourdain or Guy Fieri or the Mind of a Chef, Big Night was one of the only ways to see the inner workings of a restaurant on film - and what a display it is.

 

Big on laughs and equally big on heart, we watch brothers Primo and Secondo take a leap with their struggling 1950s restaurant, Paradise. Their plan? To attract the attentions of a famous jazz star who could help revive the business with an ultimate dish, the Timpano.

Big Night shows the unique relationships that exist between business partners, brothers, chefs, diners and critics: all focused on the food that binds them together. 

Why watch it:
  • The crowning scene (and dish) is an absolute spectacle on a few levels - but it's the morning after where the emotional punch hits in a beautiful way. 

 

#2: Burnt

A controversial inclusion? Panned by the industry since release, there are many who view Burnt as nothing more than a poor representation of a since-long-gone kitchen environment, where ego and anger reign over creativity and philosophy.

But let's all take a step back - the food is shot beautifully, the inner workings of hotel hospitality are bang on, and while we may all have different ideas on what a chef onscreen should be like, you can't say that Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy and Daniel Brühl do a bad job in their respective roles.

We don't agree with the haters: Burnt makes our top five for being a simply entertaining watch. 

Why watch it:
  • As an insight to the stresses of chasing the ultimate restaurant accolades, Burnt does a good job of showing what drives a range of personalities towards the coveted awards.

 

#1: Chef

Some days all you need is a couple of hours to switch off and watch a feel good movie. 

After a very public spat with a renowned food critic goes viral, the namesake Chef quits his restaurant job to rediscover his passion. Pulling on the heritage and passion he's ignored for years, El Jefe (Jon Favreau) goes back to his roots with a food truck, finding positivity for his personal and professional life. 

Watching El Jefe make his way from Miami to LA through New Orleans and Austin with his young son, sidekick and food truck is ridiculously fun (and the food... my god, the food). Cubanos, beignets, southern bbq, this culinary road-trip is as infectious as the enthusiasm on display - with a soundtrack to match.

 

With real life rockstar chef Roy Choi from the Kogi food truck providing recipes and teaching Favreau how to handle himself in the kitchen, Chef is a rare delight which ticks all the boxes. 

Why watch it:
  • Good times only. We dare you to sit down with Chef and not come away smiling, ready to go online, look up the recipes Choi created, and start cooking yourself.
  • Check out the soundtrack here!