As well as being an incredible, award-winning series, FX’s The Bear has sparked a new wave of wannabe chefs picking up their knives and learning the skills of the kitchen. The only problem with The Bear is that there are only two seasons of the show available so far, which is nowhere near enough episodes to get your fill of people shouting, “Yes Chef!”
While you wait for Season 3 to be announced, written, shot, edited, and released, here are 10 essential movies about cooking to keep you hungry.
Boiling Point (2021)
Imagine the one-shot episode from The Bear Season 1 and expand it into an excruciatingly tense 92-minute movie. Nominated for 4 BAFTAs, Boiling Point follows Andy Jones (Stephen Graham) as he hustles his kitchen staff to push through the busiest day of the year at his restaurant.
A food love story to get us started. After quitting his job as head chef of a restaurant, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) opens a food truck in an attempt to start again and re-invigorate his love of cooking. Favreau not only stars in this intimate movie, but he also wrote, directed, and produced it. Chef is Favreau’s personal love letter to food and cooking.
The Menu (2022)
Making a hard right turn from the gentle tone of Chef, The Menu is a satirical critique of fine-dining culture and those that associate it. The Menu features every caricature of those associated with fine dining, including the pretentious head chef, ignorant celebrities, scandalous public figures, and phony obsessives. The Menu isn’t your typical cooking movie, and that’s what makes it so entertaining. Trust me; you’ll be craving a burger after watching it.
Burnt blends the tones of the two previous films to create a perfect amalgamation. After destroying his life with diva-like behavior and drug addiction, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) attempts to revitalize his career by overseeing a top London restaurant on its way to three Michelin stars. The highlight of Burnt is its incredible cast which includes Daniel Brühl (Rush), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Lily James (Baby Driver), and Uma Thurman (Kill Bill).
The Ramen Girl (2008)
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Abby finds herself stranded in Tokyo searching for meaning in life. Her travels lead her to fall in love with cooking, and she begins to train as a ramen chef under the tuition of a tyrannical master.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Taking a detour from the fictional kitchens of the previous entries, Jiro Dreams of Sushi takes the documentarian approach to cooking on film. Viewers are introduced to 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono and are welcomed inside his renowned Tokyo restaurant.
Soul Food (1997)
While the other films take the perspective of professional kitchens, Soul Food brings cooking back to the home. Soul Food explores how cooking and good food can help bring families together and form incredible bonds. Did I mention it also stars Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)?
Easily one of the best Disney Pixar movies ever made, Ratatouille is an essential comfort movie for the self-proclaimed foodies. As well as its hilarious plot, Ratatouille shows how food can tie us to our childhoods and return memories thought lost forever.
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