If you love food and movies, you must have some all-time favourites. This is my list, which I am adding to regularly. Scroll down to read the movie summaries.
- Burnt (Bradley Cooper, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman)
- Chef (Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman & Oliver Platt)
- The Hundred-Foot Journey (Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal & Charlotte Le Bon)
- Haute Cuisine (Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont)
- Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci)
- Ratatouille (voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Ian Holm, Jeanene Garofalo & Brad Garret)
- Because I said so (Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo, Lauren Graham)
- No Reservations – (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin)
- Waitress (Keri Russel, Nathan Fillion)
- Tortilla Soup – (Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch)
- Chocolat (Juliet Binoche, Johnny Depp)
- Mostly Martha (Martina Gedek, Sergio Castellitto)
- Big Night (Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub)
Burnt – 2015 (Bradley Cooper, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman)
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d’ (Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star.
Chef – 2014 (Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman & Oliver Platt)
In the movie “Chef”, the chef played by Jon Favreau quits his job and teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son and goes on a road trip with a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for food and his zest for life.
The Hundred-Foot Journey – 2014 (Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal & Charlotte Le Bon)
Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments — until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant. This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite, starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.
Haute Cuisine – 2012 (Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont)
The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand. Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose herself thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs. For a while only, unfortunately for her and for… the President.
Julie & Julia – 2009 (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci)
Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. In 1949, Julia Child is in Paris, the wife of a diplomat, wondering how to spend her days. She tries hat making, bridge, and then cooking lessons at Cordon Bleu. There she discovers her passion. In 2002, Julie Powell, about to turn 30 and underemployed with an unpublished novel, decides to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year and to blog about it. We go back and forth between these stories of two women learning to cook and finding success. Sympathetic, loving husbands support them both, and friendships, too, add zest.
Ratatouille – 2007 (voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Ian Holm, Jeanene Garofalo & Brad Garret)
Remy, a provincial rat with a wonderful sense of smell, hates garbage and risks death to enter a human kitchen where he discovers real food and the cooking of five-star chef, Anton Gusteau, author of “Anyone Can Cook.” On the day Remy learns his hero has died, he is evicted and ends up alone in Paris. By luck, he discovers Gasteau’s restaurant, down to three stars and run by a frozen-food-hawking chef. As Remy enters, so does Linguini, a clumsy youth hired as a garbage boy. To save the soup that Linguini accidentally fouls, Remy throws in some ingredients; the soup is a success and Linguini’s career as a chef is born.
Because I said so – 2007 (Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo, Lauren Graham)
Daphne Wilder is a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. She is the proud mom of three daughters: stable psychologist Maggie, sexy and irreverent Mae and insecure, adorable Milly – who, when it comes to men, is like psychotic flypaper. In order to prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did, Daphne decides to set Milly up with the perfect man. Little does Milly know, however, that her mom placed an ad in the on-line personals to find him. Comic mayhem unfolds as Daphne continues to do the wrong thing for the right reasons…all in the name of love. In a battle of strong wills, the mother-daughter dynamic is tested in all its fierce, wacky complexity. The girls help Daphne finally discover the truths and impossibilities of motherly love, all while trying to answer the questions: where does it begin and where should it end?
No Reservations – 2007 (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin)
A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan–with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. Kate is a terrific chef at a Manhattan restaurant, sent to therapy by the restaurant owner because she is cold, unyielding, rule-bound, and a pain in the neck. Kate’s world is flipped over when her only sister dies and her ten-year-old niece, Zoe, comes to live with her. As Kate struggles to be a parent to a grief-stricken child, the one world she used to control – the restaurant kitchen – is changed utterly by the restaurant’s hiring a second chef, the loose, operatic, Italian-trained Nick, who claims it’s an honor to work in Kate’s kitchen but who she suspects wants to replace her. Can the music of Puccini and the taste of good pasta soften Kate’s heart?
Waitress – 2007 (Keri Russel, Nathan Fillion)
Jenna is a small-town waitress at Joe’s Diner, who has a great knack at making delicious pies there. However, Jenna is in an unhappy marriage to her controlling and immature husband, Earl, who always takes the money she works hard for, but Jenna keeps some of it hidden from him. Jenna suddenly finds her life has taken an unexpected turn when she discovers she’s pregnant with Earl’s baby. But the unhappy pregnancy changes Jenna’s life as she becomes determined to win the $25,000 pie contest prize money and begins an affair with her handsome, married gynecologist that gives her confidence and an attempt at happiness.
Tortilla Soup – 2001 (Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch)
Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, butsingle, adult daughters. Though he long ago lost his ability to taste, Martin still lives to cook incredibly lavish dinners for his loved ones and to serve them in a family-style ritual at traditional sit-down meals. Although the women humor their father’s old-fashioned ways, each of them is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. College student Maribel is growing increasingly frustrated with the singles scene and wants a steady man; gorgeous career woman Carmen is fed up with her boyfriend and his wandering eye; meanwhile, eldest daughter Letitia, who has suppressed her own romantic longings, senses something missing in her life. Things take a turn for the romantic when Dad, a widower, meets a vivacious divorcee on the lookout for a mate and each of his daughters, in turn, finds someone. But they’ll all discover that the recipe for happiness may call for some unexpected ingredients.
Chocolat – 2000 (Juliet Binoche, Johnny Depp)
When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop – with Sunday hours – across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.
Mostly Martha – 2001 (Martina Gedek, Sergio Castellitto)
When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount… until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.
A labor of love for Stanley Tucci, who co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in this beautifully crafted drama about two Jersey Shore restaurateurs who hope Louis Prima will save their failing family business. The scenes featuring the two brothers working together in the kitchen—especially a dialogue-free long take in which one prepares a perfect omelet for the other—are particularly affecting. A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.