10 of My Favorite Movies About Cooking & Food

One: Chef 

Chef is a 2014 film about a professional chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and returns to his hometown of Miami to fix up a food truck. He reconnects with his ex-wife and invites their young son to join him in driving the truck back to L.A. while selling Cubanos in various cities along the way.

This movie is among my favorites and most watched films, it has food in it, great ideas and recipes, its funny, family oriented, has great Twitter tips and social media presence, the relationship in it are wonderful and the soundtrack is amazing! Great movie to watch with the whole family.

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Two: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a 2014 movie that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other, a lofty Michelin-starred restaurant.

Hassan Kadam is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory, the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam’s impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.

I LOVE this film, its beautiful to look at, it’s delicious and very happy, sometimes sad and romantic, and has all the elements of a great magical realism movie where the dead wife leads her family to their new home.

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Three: Woman on Top

Woman on Top is a 2000 movie that I watched about a thousand times! A Brazilian chef, Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

The movie is set in the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil, the movie is spicy and sexy about the magic of food, love and music. Meet Isabella, a sultry enchantress born with the special gift of melting the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break free from her rocky marriage and the stifling kitchen of her husband’s restaurant in Brazil, she spirits off to San Francisco in pursuit of her dreams of a real culinary career. Magical realism at it’s best!

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Four: The Ramen Girl

The Ramen Girl is a 2008 movie starring one of my favorite actress Brittany Murphy. The movie is about an American woman, who is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.

Everytime I watch the movie, I feel like working hard and eating ramen! It’s so cute like a manga movie but real and inspirational.

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Five: Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup is a 2001 movie that is is based on the film Eat Drink Man Woman. It’s about three grown sisters, Maribel, Leticia and Carmen who try to cope and live with their father Martin; a veteran chef who is slowly losing his sense of taste. Martin has one simple rule: be at home for Sunday dinner and attendance is both mandatory and non-negotiable. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman sets her sights on Martin’s affections.

One of my favorite movies, it’s so spicy and hot! The famous quote about glasses is from this movie: “Do you know why we clink glasses before drinking?… It’s so that all the five senses are involved. We touch the glass. We smell the drink. We see its color. We taste it. Hearing is the only sense that doesn’t participate unless we create it.”

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Six: No Reservations

No Reservations is a 2007 movie based on the 2001 German film Mostly Martha. Master chef Kate Armstrong runs her life and her kitchen with intimidating intensity. However, a recipe for disaster may be in the works when she becomes the guardian of her young niece Zoe while crossing forks with the brash sous-chef who just joined her staff. Though romance blooms in the face of rivalry, Kate needs to look outside the kitchen to find true happiness.

I remember watching this movie for the first time with my mom in Zara cinema, mama kept thinking that there was “no reservations” available. It was totally funny, one of the best movies ever, very romantic and yet amazing to watch with family. Great soundtrack and very touching.

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Seven: Burnt

Burnt is a 2015 movie about Adam Jones was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold because of his diva behavior. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff, the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star.

I loved the movie but I couldn’t stand the scene when Adam almost hits Helene in the kitchen, it made me hate him so much! So I couldn’t watch this movie more than twice.

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Eight: Simply Irresistible

Simply Irresistible is a cute movie filmed in 1999. After her mother’s death, mediocre chef Amanda Shelton is having trouble attracting customers to her family’s restaurant. While shopping for ingredients, she is given a magical crab by mysterious Gene O’Reilly. Afterward, Amanda’s dishes suddenly become excellent, inducing strong emotional reactions in everyone who eats them. Tom Bartlett, who is preparing to open his own eatery, tries her cooking and falls in love.

It’s such a romantic movie and I like the soundtrack a lot. 80s and 90s movies are the best!

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Nine: Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 movie. The youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro. Since tradition dictates that Tita must care for her mother, Pedro weds her older sister, Rosaura, though he still loves Tita. The situation creates much tension in the family, and Tita’s powerful emotions begin to surface in fantastical ways through her cooking. As the years pass, unusual circumstances test the enduring love of Pedro and Tita.

The first time I heard of this story was in Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, I read the book and watched the movie and liked it so much, it’s magical realism but very different than anything I have ever watched before. My family absolutely hated it but I liked it. It’s sensual, weird and very very sad.

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Ten: Today’s Special

Today’s Special is a 2009 movie. In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

At first the movie was centered about this Indian chef who refused his heritage but when he inherits his father’s restaurant, he changes and remembers who he truly is.

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