10 Movies About Cooking That Will Inspire Your Inner Chef
Prepare your favourite gourmet treats and settle in with the flicks that celebrate the joys of cooking.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Meryl Streep stars as famous chef and cookbook writer Julia Child in this charming ode to the romance of cooking. Stanley Tucci also shines as her devoted husband. Half of the film follows Child’s adventures, while the other half focuses on Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a blogger who plans to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days—while documenting her successes and disasters online.
Disney’s ode to French cuisine follows a determined little rodent, Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt), on his (mis)adventures to become a chef. Eventually, he befriends Alfredo Linguini, a bumbling garbage boy for a once-famous restaurant whose former executive chef Remy idolizes. Bon appétit!
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No Reservations (2007)
Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is competing for culinary perfection, but suddenly loses her edge once she’s forced to take care of her niece (Abigail Breslin) after a family accident. Fellow chef Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) comes aboard to help out as her kitchen underling—until his skills threaten to take over the lead role.
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Juliette Binoche sparkles as the single mom owner of La Chocolaterie Maya, where the ingredients are literally dusted with magic. Johnny Depp, meanwhile, plays the handsome Roma who shows up to sweep Binoche’s character off her feet. Your mouth will water as the camera pans across countless delectable delights. Watch with a box of bonbons close by!
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The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
This delightful comedy-drama uses fusion cooking to send a positive message about multicultural acceptance. An Indian family fleeing violence finds a haven in a tiny French town. They buy a restaurant to start over, but soon find themselves embroiled in competition with the bistro next door. Soon enough, the competing chefs (played by Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal) begin to fall in love!
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Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
This beautiful Mexican romance follows the story of Tita, a young woman whose food has the power to affect whoever consumes it with her mood at the time. (When she adds in some rose petals, passions rise!) Tita’s forbidden her great love because of class differences, but the magical recipes keep the two close.
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Big Night (1996)
Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub shine as rivalrous brothers trying to keep their restaurant afloat. When a famed singer is supposed to make an appearance the two throw everything into creating a perfect feast for the big night. The stakes are high in this dramatic, funny and often moving celebration of Italian cuisine.
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Soul Food (1997)
This must-see cooking movie takes place around the crowded, lively dinner table of a Black family dealing with their matriarch’s illness. The table overflows with comfort staples like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, potato salad, and mouthwatering biscuits. Vanessa Williams, Nia Long, and Vivica A. Fox show up as sisters who know that all good cooking comes from the heart!
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The best parts of this Gene Wilder classic are the set pieces in the factory, like the sequence that shows us how Everlasting Gobstoppers get made or how to turn a person into a blueberry. With chocolate rivers, golden eggs, and edible tea cups, you’ll be craving candy in no time!
Bradley Cooper gets bossy with love interest Sienna Miller in this romantic drama about earning hard-to-get ratings for top-notch cuisine. Cooper is a chef trying to get his edge back after rehab. Cooking is a high-stakes art form, but its true power is the way it allows redemption—with some romance on the side. Look out for plated masterpieces that will make foodies swoon.
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