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Ten Best Food Movies of the Decade

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  1. Chef. (2014) Jon Favreau wrote, directed and starred. He delivers a tirade to a restaurant critic (like many chefs have probably fantasized about doing) and the video of his rant goes viral. This movie hits Miami and Austin as well as L.A. and addresses the value of social media in the food business.
  2. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi. (2011) This documentary shows the great care Jiro puts into each meal at his tiny restaurant in Tokyo and how he addresses succession issues with his son.
  3. City Of Gold. (2015) Jonathan Gold (who died last year) widens the scope of food writing in Los Angeles beyond fine dining by going into parts of town and the sorts of eating places that have been historically overlooked. This documentary allows him to share his love for the food of L.A.
  4. The Hundred-Foot Journey. (2014) Helen Mirren stars as the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant in the French countryside. A family of émigrés from India sets up their own place right across the street. You might be able to guess what happens. The beauty shots of the food are gorgeous.
  5. Step Up To The Plate. (2012) This leisurely-paced documentary focuses on chef Michel Bras and his plans to hand over his restaurant in rural France to his son.
  6. Burnt. (2015) Bradley Cooper stars as a chef whose flame burned out in Paris. After getting clean and sober, he attempts a comeback in London. He is a perfectionist and bit of a jerk. As with some of the other films on this list, the food porn beauty shots are stunning.
  7. A Place At The Table. (2013) This documentary focuses on families in rural Colorado and Mississippi and in Philadelphia and their efforts to put nutritious food on their tables. Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio (whose wife co-directed) appear on screen to offer their thoughts.
  8. Spinning Plates. (2012) A documentary that visits the extraordinary Grant Achatz and his creative meals at Alinea in Chicago. Less interesting are visits to a family restaurant in Iowa and a Mexican spot in Tuscon.
  9. Eat Pray Love. (2010) The “eat” part is the best of the three segments. The pasta that Julia Roberts eats in Rome looks delicious. The movie has its moments but the general verdict is the book was much better.
  10. Sausage Party. (2016) I did not see this film about animated food items but heard that it is very funny and very dirty.

 

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