Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chef and other food films

I decided to pick up a movie at Redbox and saw Chef in the rotation. Actually it didn't look like this, because I had no idea all these actors were in the movie. I just saw "food truck" and I love food trucks so I got it. Turns out it was on Netflix streaming and I could have saved $2 but there you go.

I was pleasantly surprised by the movie times ten. It's not a big budget film - except for the big name stars in it, but it's one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. The story is different, the writing is charming, the characters engaging and the actors chosen to be them, well selected. John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara stand out particularly.

An added bonus for me was the integration of Twitter to the story line. Not only is it key to the drama that unfolds but the way they visually show the tweeting is cute.

And the food. Oh the food. There are drawn out scenes of Chef Carl making a grilled cheese, cooking pasta, garnishing plates. I love it. I even heard mention of gochujang at one point. During the credits there is footage of a chef showing Jon Favreau how to focus on making the perfect grilled cheese. Spreading butter twice, peeking under the bread with a spatula. I had to make grilled cheese the next evening.

This isn't the first time I chosen a movie based on the theme of food. Here are some of my favorite movies featuring food.

Julie and Julia - I could pretty much eat a stick of butter after watching this. Oh hey... just realized that Danny Catalano from the Mindy Project is in this!

Chocolate - Killer around Valentine's Day. Especially love the cups of drinking chocolate in this.

No Reservations - I am guessing this is a lesser known movie but I will watch it over and over.

I think one of the things I love about movies featuring chefs and food is the intensity chefs have about the food they make.

And I like the food.

Are there any movies that make you hungry for a certain dish? What movies about food do you like?


  1. I loved Chef - was a great movie.

    Loved the Hundred-Food Journey and Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

    I recently tagged a few food centric movies on netflix as well ...

    The mind of a chef (narrated by Anthony Bourdain)
    Sushi - The Global Catch
    Three Stars

    1. You are the second person to recommend Hundred-Food Journey. I need to find it! You also remind me of Tampopo. I haven't seen that in awhile!

  2. I loved Big Night with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, they play brothers who make an amazing meal to save their restaurant. It made me hungry for anything and everything Italian!

  3. I recently made the timpano from Big Night for a party! It was delicious and if you make it using the recipe dimensions it can feed an army!

  4. "Mostly Martha" and "Big Night"