Four food films to inspire more home cooking.

Food is not something merely to be eaten. More than that, it is an inspiring force that delights all the senses. Here are some delectable movies that are sure to feed your appetite.

Our Four Favourite Food Films

  1. Ratatouille (2007)
    Paris street rat, Remy discovers the wonders of the culinary world and decides that he wants to be a chef more than anything. Meanwhile, chef-in-training Alfredo Linguini struggles to make his mark in the kitchen. Together, they form an unlikely friendship and team up to to become the best chef(s) France has ever seen. A story about friendship, finding your passion and realizing your dreams.

Rating: G   Runtime: 111 minutes   Genre: Animation/Comedy/Family

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3sBBRxDAqk

  1. Julie and Julia (2009)
    Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) was the first person to make French cooking accessible to the masses. Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is a blogger who attempts to recreate all of Julia Child’s recipes in her first book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This movie cleverly weaves their stories, featuring two different timelines, to show how a little determination and self-confidence goes a long way. Meryl Streep makes a very convincing Julia Child.

Rating: PG-13  Runtime: 123 minutes  Genre: Biography/Drama/Romance

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozRK7VXQl-k

  1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
    The art of sushi cannot easily be perfected. Rather, it takes years of training and apprenticeships to master this craft. Enter the world of 85-year old master sushi chef Jiro Ono. This documentary invites you into his world as the film guides you into his restaurant and shows the relationship between him and his sons, who are also sushi chefs. The 3-star Michelin restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is a small one, located in the basement of an office building near a Tokyo train station. The close-ups of colorful sushi are delightful and will surely make you salivate at the thought.

Rating: PG  Runtime: 85 minutes  Genre: Documentary

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1UDS2kgqY8

  1. Chef (2013)
    Carl Casper, head chef of a well-known high end LA restaurant, receives a scathing review from a food critic. This triggers him into realizing that he does not want to work for someone else anymore but rather, wants to create something of his own. Equipped with the use of social media and his own creative innovation, he then begins a food truck business that takes the food world by storm. This movie is a heartwarming one with just the right amount of comedic humor.

Rating: R  Runtime: 114 minutes  Genre: Comedy

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeF16MCDJtM

We hope that these movies entertain and inspire you to explore new and exciting recipes in your home. However, for a vegetarian or vegan Chinese dish, come on down to Panz Veggie and we’ll make sure to treat you to something very delicious!