Do you consider yourself something of a foodie? Are you the type that can really appreciate not just great tasting food, but the presentation, ingredients, and even the preparation of the dish? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions then there is no doubt that you probably also enjoy classic foodie moments on the big screen. Movies have long-since been the perfect vessel for showcasing fabulous foods, and have helped to birth a whole new generation of foodies.
So, in the spirit of the classic line “I’ll have what she’s having”, here’s a look at some of the best foodie moments from our favorite movies.
Sometimes the “classics” are ones that didn’t necessarily do well in the box office and Burnt is a great example. While this one didn’t score high by the critics, for foodies the movie is a real journey through your taste buds. The movie is all about Adam Jones, played by Bradley Cooper, who was once an incredible chef but who has since fallen far from his peak. Jones decides to move to London in an effort to re-start his once-great career.
Be prepared for plenty of mouth-watering dishes that may just prompt you to get in the kitchen yourself and whip up something fabulous. In fact, you may want to think ahead and do a little research on the best meal kit delivery services so you can sign up for the ideal one and have those ingredients on-hand to cook alongside Bradley Cooper.
Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love isn’t just a foodie’s perfect movie, although you do get plenty of incredible food moments, it has much more. The movie stars Julia Roberts who has recently been divorced and decides it’s time to eat, pray, and love her way through Italy, India, and Bali. Roberts’ self-discovery journey is filled with poignant and lovely moments, capped off with some absolutely incredible food.
Here’s a great example of a movie that wasn’t really a mainstream hit but has certainly found an audience with foodies. Chef stars Jon Favreau as chef Carl who has been working at a very upscale restaurant. The problem is that he feels it is stifling his creativity as a chef. He ends up fighting with his boss and losing his job.
Suddenly jobless, Carl decides this is the perfect time to tap into his background and start a food truck business serving up Cuban sandwiches. Not only does Carl get his inspiration back, but he also becomes much closer to his family.
Julie & Julia
Every foodie out there is familiar with Julia Child’s work, which is exactly why the movie Julie & Julia is so fun and special. The movie stars Amy Adams. She plays cookery blogger Julie Powell, who has decided to challenge herself and cook each of the recipes in Julia Child’s first book. The movie actually jumps between the present with cooking blogger Julie, and the past with Julia Childs played by Oscar award winner Meryl Streep.
Get ready to infuse your foodie journey with love in Chocolat, which stars such big names as Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, and Carrie-Anne Moss to name a few. The movie takes place in 1959 when a woman moves into a small French village, along with her young daughter. Vianne, played by Juliette Binoche, almost instantly opens up her own confectionery shop in the village, right across from the Catholic church.
The shop opens right after Lent, and Vianne goes on to tempt them to break with what they have given up and give in to the tasty treats. It’s another movie that takes you on a beautiful journey and the cast of characters is memorable, to say the least.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version)
While Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of foodie movies, but in reality, it is the perfect definition of one. Each scene of the plot is capped off by some fabulous cinematography that centers on food, tasty sweet food, of course. This one is great for the whole family no matter their age and is the very definition of a “classic”.
In this movie, you will follow Charlie, a boy from a very poor family who has won one of five golden tickets to tour the mysterious chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka. It fits into the genres of musical, fantasy, and family, really managing to round itself out as one of the all-time greatest movies – not just for foodies.
Binge Watch Them All
If you’re a foodie looking for that next great movie to watch, you may want to check out one of these fabulous titles or go ahead and binge-watch them all.