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Food on Film: 3 Upcoming Flicks That Boast of Good Food

June 27, 2019

Culinary art has always been held in high regard by Hollywood, whether on TV or on the silver screen. For some reason, food translates well on celluloid—not just the final product, but also, the emotional stories that come from it. There’s more to food than just being delicious, and it is that flexibility that makes food resonate with audiences. Whether it tells a tale of an icon in the kitchen (Julie & Julia), a tale of how anyone can cook (Ratatouille), or a tale of just loving your craft (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), it will always find a way to make it relevant and relatable. You don’t have to know how to cook to enjoy films like these; you just need to know how it feels to have passion. This 2014, the big screen has more than a few films that boast good food.

Chef

Release: May 9, 2014 (US)
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr.

Chef Movie

If you ask most aspiring chefs what their dreams would be, it would mostly always be to become head chef in a highly-regarded restaurant. For Carl, played by Jon Favreau, being an executive chef at one of those types of restaurants turns out to be different from the dream he thought it would be. Putting his creativity and culinary integrity on hold for a menu the boss requested became his crux, and that frustration translated into his cooking. After a prestigious restaurant reviewer tastes his food, and gives the restaurant an unfavourable review, his reputation, and his credentials, go up in flames.

Reaching the end of his rope, he quits his job to reinvigorate his passion for food, and to the surprise of many of his friends in the culinary industry—starts a food truck. Turning that truck into a vibrant and bustling hot box of good food, he finds once again why he’s in this industry- it’s about cooking with heart, and cooking food that you are passionate about.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Release: August 8, 2014 (US)
Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri

The Hundred Food Journey Movie

Remember the time when you were a kid, and you were forced to go to a fine dining restaurant, but you really just wanted to go to the casual, more fun-looking place next door? In this film, the fine dining restaurant is a French Michelin-star restaurant owned by Madame Mallory played by Helen Mirren, and the place next door is a newly-opened Indian restaurant run by an immigrant Indian family.

It’s a clash of two cuisines that could be no more different, characterized by the owners of the two establishments. Like French cuisine, Madame Mallory is sophisticated, refined, and composed. Haji on the other hand, is a dollop of intensity, and full of heart. The two restaurants go head to head, despite the underdog status of the Indian place against the Michelin-star establishment. As the age-old belief says however, opposites can also learn a lot from each other. It isn’t about which cuisine is better, but rather a respect of two different, but both delicious, cultures.

The Trip to Italy

Release: April 25, 2014 (UK)
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

A trip to italy movie

This would be what our sophisticated dream vacation would be. It’s a trip to Italy with your old friend, going on adventures, meeting locals, and enjoying incredible meals whilst talking about everything, and nothing. A simple, straight-to-the-point vacation, but nonetheless highly entertaining.

Steve Coogan and Rob Byrdon are the aforementioned old pals, on a trip designed for the purpose of a gastronomical adventure. They take-on six mouthwatering meals with conversation ranging from completely relevant to totally random, just like how conversations with good friends tend to be. It strengthens the notion on what makes dining truly enjoyable—it’s not just about the food, but about the company.

The Trip to Italy is a follow-up to the 2010 film The Trip.

Which of these movies are you most excited about? Any leads on other food-related movies or shows set to grace our screens? Let us know in the comments section below!

Jezelle Ong Jezelle Ong

Jez is a curious college student, who wants to try so many things from skydiving to camping in the wild and is always on the look out for new experiences. She’s even prone to developing passions for things she might not necessarily have the skills for like cooking and dancing but admires. A relaxing day for her comprises of herself, her favorite films and tv series, a warm cup of soy milk and her 14-year-old shih-tzu by her side.

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8 responses to “Food on Film: 3 Upcoming Flicks That Boast of Good Food”

  1. Pamela Cortez says:

    I have to say: The Trip is one of my favorite food movies, maybe because I have a soft spot for Rob Brydon, and Steve Coogan. I can’t wait for this one!!!!!

  2. tampopo says:

    Cool! I hope you can also make an article about old food-centric movies 🙂

  3. Sergia Susana says:

    I actually got to see a bit of “The Trip to Italy” on television when I was in London. They were so random at times, frigging hilarious. I can’t wait to see “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” though. Helen Mirren rocks. @.@

  4. Joseph says:

    No love for “The fighting Chefs” starring Ronnie Rickets and Chef Boy Lagro? Hrmmpp!
    I saw Chef (Leguizamo, Favreau) at a film festival. Very Good movie.

  5. Man, I hope these are available for downloading online. Hahaha Seems like such a good list, although my food movie favorites would have to be; “Rinco’s Restaurant” (Japan), “The Lunchbox” (India) “Pranzo di Ferragosto” (Italy) and “Chocolat” (US).

  6. Tel Balita says:

    interesting post! got the movie list + comments noted :))

  7. Law Esquivel says:

    Try also “Comme un Chef”. Its a French film starring Jean Reno. A very good movie too 😀

  8. trynabecoolbutaintcool says:

    try to watch the famous jiro dreams of sushi, step up to the plate, and spinning plates. hit me back after you watch those films.

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