20 movies about food and culinary arts

Movies are not only spectacular, but also delicious, as in this mouth-watering selection. Get ready – serious people with knives are getting down to business. If “The meal is served” in the theater is said by extras, then in our case the replica belongs to the performers of the main roles, portraying restaurant aces. Movies about chefs, food and culinary arts will allow you to look behind the scenes of haute cuisine, visit the best places, and at the same time not gain weight.

With love, Sarah (2020)

After her mother’s death, young Clarissa decides to make her dream come true by opening a bakery in an upscale area of ​​London. The girl enlists the support of her grandmother and family friend, but many obstacles await the cooks on the way to the goal. Representatives of different generations must put aside disagreements and doubts so that a joint business brings not only income, but also pleasure.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Love Sarah

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Candice Brown, Shelley Conn, Shannon Tarbet…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
IMDb – 6.2


Forbidden Kitchen (2019)

An American film about cuisine and chefs is an interesting new movie that tells about the miraculous power of food. Teenager Abe is brought up in an Arab-Jewish family, where not a single joint holiday is complete without conflicts between older relatives. Cooking becomes the main outlet for the student , and Abe meets the street chef Chico. The boy decides that dishes from ingredients from different national cuisines can reconcile the warring parties.

Original title:
Abe

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge, Dagmar Domincik …

Country:
USA, Brazil

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Perfect Competition (TV series 2017)

Young Ho Ting En is one of the top 100 chefs. His signature dish has become famous all over the world, and you need to sign up for a trendy restaurant three months in advance. Suddenly, the guy learns about a competitor, who is called “people’s Ho”. The cook girl uses affordable products, so her cafe with budget prices is popular with ordinary residents of the city. Ting En’s restaurant business is under threat, and the guy gets involved in a competition with a rival.

Original title:
Ji pin jue pei

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Wu Kanzhen, Ivy Shao, Sophia Lu, Nylon Chen …

Country:
Taiwan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Chief Adam Jones (2015)

A foreign film about a cook and cooking will tell the story of a talented master who has sunk to the very bottom of life. Adam Jones had his own thriving restaurant in France until drug addiction put the man out of business – the establishment’s rating dropped to two Michelin stars. In London, the culinary starts anew. Adam hires a team of professionals to work together to return to the world of gourmet food.

Original title:
Burnt

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Chiefs (TV series, 2015 – 2016)

A French restaurant is having a hard time due to debt, but a mysterious sponsor is ready to invest in the business. The entrepreneur will provide the necessary amount if the chef prepares a delicious and unusual dinner for him. There are a few days left to collect a dossier on the sponsor and please an important visitor. And at this difficult moment, a former prisoner Romain gets a job, who will have to get used to the harsh rules in the kitchen.

Original title:
Chefs

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Clovis Cornillac, Hugo Becker, Anne Charrier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Chef on Wheels (2014)

An interesting film about a chef is worth watching for the star cast and the life-affirming slogan: “Starting from scratch has never been so delicious.” Karl Kasper is known for his culinary talent, which attracts gourmet fans to the restaurant. But the devastating review of criticism radically changes the life of the master, and he quits after a scandal with the boss. Carl takes revenge by opening his own diner on wheels to play only by his own rules.

Original title:
Chef

Genre:
Comedy, drama, family

Actors:
Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr….

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Spices and passions (2014)

After moving, a family of Indian immigrants is forced to start life from scratch in France. Working in a foreign country is difficult, but refugees are used to relying on their own strength. They know how to cook national dishes perfectly, so they open an Indian restaurant next to a prestigious European institution. From that moment on, a competitive struggle unfolds between a prim Frenchwoman and good-natured emigrants.

Original title:
The Hundred-Foot Journey

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal …

Country:
USA, India, UAE

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Kitchen in Paris (2014)

The popular Russian series has grown into a separate feature film about cooking, where a friendly team of cooks goes to Europe. “Claude Monet” was chosen for the official meeting of the presidents of Russia and France, but the event for the staff turns out to be a failure. Viktor Barinov decides to take a second chance and, together with his subordinates, goes to Paris. However, in a foreign country, the team is waiting for even more tests than at home.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Dmitry Nazarov, Mark Bogatyrev, Elena Podkaminskaya, Dmitry Nagiev, Oleg Tabakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Chief (2012)

Jacqui loves to cook, experimenting with food, but adherents of traditional French cuisine do not make innovative decisions. Constant conflicts with management lead to regular layoffs, so the pregnant wife demands to leave her dreams of cooking. Jacqui gets a job as a house painter, but in a new place he meets a famous chef and decides to take one last chance.

Original title:
Comme un chef

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jean Reno, Mikael Yun, Rafael Agoge …

Country:
France, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Kitchen (TV series 2012 – 2016)

The list of the best Russian sitcoms includes a serial film about gourmet restaurants, where real passions boil behind the scenes. Novice cook Maxim Lavrov comes from Voronezh to the capital and gets a job in a prestigious restaurant. The kitchen is led by a real culinary genius Viktor Barinov, who is able to cook a masterpiece from ordinary products. Max hopes to learn a lot from the celebrity, but the obnoxious nature of the boss turns the internship into a serious test.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Dmitry Nazarov, Mark Bogatyrev, Dmitry Nagiev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Cook for President (2012)

The fame of the culinary talent of Hortense Labori went far beyond the borders of a provincial town in the south of France. A woman is invited for an interview at the President’s residence, and she successfully passes the test. Immersion in the working atmosphere is hindered by backstage intrigues and envious colleagues who do not miss the opportunity to put Hortense in an awkward position.

Original title:
Les saveurs du Palais

Genre:
Comedy, biography

Actors:
Catherine Fro, Arthur Dupont, Jean d’Ormeson …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Love and Kitchen (2011)

The British movie about a cook will complement the statement that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. You can also conquer a woman with the help of food, which the protagonist of the melodrama managed to do. After the death of his wife, Rob Haley moves from London to the province, where a friend visits him. Gordon Ramsay persuades a friend to help reorganize the local pub, and the widower is gradually returning to duty. The famous restaurant critic Kate comes to the opening of a new restaurant, and Rob will amaze her with his culinary masterpieces.

Original title:
Love’s Kitchen

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott, Gordon Ramsay …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Toast (2010)

Nigel loves to invent and discuss unusual dishes with his mother, who does not know how to cook at all. A signature family breakfast is a regular toast, but my son clearly has a penchant for cooking. After the unexpected death of his mother, Nigel loses a loved one, and his father brings a housekeeper into the house. Joan Potter is a great cook, and the boy challenges a woman who wants to take her mother’s place.

Original title:
Toast

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, biography

Actors:
Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Kitchen (TV series 2010)

A film about cooking and cooking is a solid British comedy that has earned good reviews from the audience. The brilliant career of Roland White was left in the past due to natural laziness, which was born a little earlier than him. Now the master works as a chef in a country hotel, not claiming Michelin stars. Roland has a team of eccentrics who know how to prepare works of gastronomic art in an emergency.

Original title:
Whites

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alan Davies, Darren Boyd, Katherine Parkinson…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+


Julie & Julia Cooking Happiness Recipe (2009)

The feature film is based on real events and biography of two talented women. Julie Powell is a mental health telephone dispatcher and maintains a personal blog on the Internet. The girl does not know what might interest readers, but an idea comes to her. The dispatcher decides to repeat the path of the legendary Julia Child, who published a cookbook, but for this you have to cook every day according to a new recipe.

Original title:
Julie & Julia

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Soul Kitchen (2009)

A European movie about cooking tells about a small diner going through hard times. The interior of the establishment resembles an eatery, and in a simple menu, french fries run everything. Café owner Zinos decides to change the situation dramatically by inviting a famous chef, but the situation is changing for the worse. Visitors are accustomed to simple food and ignore gastronomic works of art.

Original title:
Soul Kitchen

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Adam Bousdux, Moritz Bleibtreu, Felina Roggan …

Country:
Germany, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Sushi girl (2008)

Young Abby flies to distant Japan to her beloved, but the guy leaves his American girlfriend. A tourist is left alone in the country with no money or knowledge of the language, and accidentally wanders into a small family restaurant. Abby tastes ramen for the first time – delicious noodles cooked according to the signature recipe. The girl wants to learn how to cook such amazing food, and for this she agrees to go from cleaner to chef.

Original title:
The Ramen Girl

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Soji Arai …

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Taste of Life (2007)

Kate Armstrong is a fan of her craft, so it’s hard to get into her restaurant. Gourmets sign up in advance to try the culinary masterpieces. A woman busy with work does not think about her personal life, but everything changes after the death of her sister. Kate becomes a guardian for an orphaned niece, and the arrival of a new sous chef also causes unofficial emotions in Kate. An American film about an elite restaurant and cooks in love is a remake of the German melodrama Irresistible Martha.

Original title:
No Reservations

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
0+


Secrets in the Kitchen (TV series 2005 – 2006)

Jack Bourden is famous for his ability to cook excellent dishes, but all professional virtues are overshadowed by a dubious reputation. Hooligan antics, fleeting romances, drug and alcohol abuse interfere with a career. When a young chef gets a second chance, he decides to take up his mind, leaving addictions in the past. Jack intends to become the best in his business, gathers old friends, and eagerly begins to work together with a colorful, and sometimes comical, team.

Original title:
Kitchen Confidential

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Bradley Cooper, Nicholas Brandon, John Francis Daley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1


Irresistible Martha (2001)

The top of the best “edible” films is completed by a comedy melodrama about a chef, the mistress of boiling cauldrons and chilled champagne. Marta is an incorrigible workaholic, and it is on her that the reputation of a French restaurant in Hamburg rests. A career has to be pushed into the background when an orphaned niece enters a woman’s life. Martha is torn between work and raising a girl, but fate has already prepared a new surprise for the cook.

Original title:
Bella Martha

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Martina Gedek, Maxim Foerste, Sergio Castellitto …

Country:
Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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