International Chef Day: 13 Must-See Movies and Shows Centered Around Food

movies and shows about food

As we celebrate International Chef Day, it’s time to roll out the red carpet for a scrumptious cinematic feast that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also celebrates the diverse flavors of Hollywood.

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As one who appreciates the rich history of Tinseltown, especially when it comes to black and brown talent, you’re in for a treat. We’ve curated a delectable list of movies and shows that blend the art of storytelling with the art of cooking.

Soul Food follows the trials and tribulations of an African American family in Chicago, centered around their Sunday dinners, which symbolize their unity and traditions.

The Bear is a captivating series that combines creative genius, brotherhood, and culinary artistry, serving up a sophisticated narrative akin to a “hole in the wall” gem. With standout performances of all the cast and crew it delves into themes of mental health and family dynamics, making it a must-watch for those who appreciate emotionally charged and authentic storytelling within the food industry.

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America is a docuseries that traces the history of African American cuisine, from its origins in Africa to its evolution in the United States, celebrating its rich cultural heritage.

The Menu is a delectable course of dark comedic satire that serves up thrills, humor, and social commentary in a gripping and unpredictable feast. With a star-studded cast, it delves into class values, obsession, and the fine line between brilliance and insanity, making it a brilliant and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

What’s Cooking? is a heartwarming ensemble film that takes place on Thanksgiving Day in four culturally diverse households in Los Angeles. It weaves together the stories of different families, each facing their own challenges and joys, as they prepare and come together for a Thanksgiving meal. The movie offers a poignant and humorous exploration of family, tradition, and the universal experiences that unite us during the holiday season.

Chef is a heartwarming comedy-drama about a talented chef who rediscovers his passion for cooking and tightens his relationship with his son after starting a food truck business after a public feud with a food critic.

The Horrors of Dolores Roach is a dark yet humorous series centered around a woman released from jail after 16 years for a drug case who turns into a psychopathic serial killer. The show offers a unique blend of death and empanadas in a way that makes you either want to eat some or never eat them again.

Mr. Church is a heartwarming film starring Eddie Murphy as Mr. Church, a cook who becomes a mentor and father figure to a young girl, showing the power of food and friendship.

Tortilla Soup revolves around a widowed chef and his three daughters, highlighting their love for Mexican cuisine and the importance of family bonds.

Cook Off centers on a single mother, yearning for a better life with a passion for cooking gets a shot at greatness when her son enters her into a top reality cooking show. Watch all you want.

Julie & Julia is a biographical drama that weaves together the stories of famous chef Julia Child and blogger Julie Powell, who embarks on a year-long journey to cook her way through Child’s cookbook.

Food Inc. is a thought-provoking documentary that delves into the food industry, exploring the consequences of industrialized food production and its impact on health and the environment.

Searching for Soul Food is hosted by celebrity chef Alisa Reynolds as she discovers what soul food looks like around the world. She explores the stories, people and traditions of each place she visits.

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