Movies Every Foodie Needs To Watch – Part 2


August 24, 2017 | BY Tien Chew

We continue our list of must-watch feature length films celebrating the colourful world of food.

Perfect for a weekend afternoon laze when you just want to turn on the TV and relax, these movies revolve around everyone's favourite topic – food.

In part 1, we had comedies, a documentary about an aging but extraordinarily gifted sushi chef and a drama about the pursuit of a Michelin star.

Adding to that, we have 5 more films to entertain you. Let's get to the good stuff:

Spinning Plates

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Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes

The Plot
This docu-movie follows the lives of owners of three restaurants: a 150 year old country diner, a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago and a struggling Mexican eatery. Each of these dining_tatler_stories are different yet come together on a fundamental level, that good old fashioned hard work leads to success and good food.

Why You Should Watch It
Not denying that the success of a restaurant comes down to the hard work of its people, the movie shines a very human light on a celebrated industry. Through clever cinematography and story telling, viewers will be in for surprises and moments that will steal your heart and stomach.


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Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes

The Plot
A rat named Remy in Paris dreams of making it big as a cook and meets a young aspiring chef to fulfil his desires to cook great food. The rat and his human friend are entagled in a restaurant struggle to retain the former head chef's successes while the new sous-chef fights for control.

Why You Should Watch It
With a 96 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Ratatouille is delightfully animated, has an engaging and heart-warming plot and the charm of Pixar's greatest works. In this unlikely situation, we find out that our hero is a gifted rat, leading to many hilarious situations and surprisingly delicously animated creations. It's also kid-friendly.

Hundred Foot Journey

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Running time: 2 hours and 4 minutes

The Plot 
An Indian family migrates to France after suffering attacks and a death in the family over an election dispute. The family settles in and begin their own restaurant, Maison Mumbai, sparking a food war with a French Michelin star restaurant opposite. The owner of the French restaurant later recognises the potential of the main character and decides to take him under her wing.

Why You Should Watch It
With a touching storyline and great acting from all parties, what was supposed to be a story about fitting in turns into someting beautiful, emphasising food's ability to break borders. Besides, who doesn't want to see what happens when two delicious culinary forces harmoniously blends into one?

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

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Running time: 1 hour 8 minutes

The Plot 
Based upon Paul Liebrant, an immensely talented chef credited for being ahead of his time who at the age of 24 was awarded three stars by the New York Times for dishes like "eel, violets and chocolate" or "beer and truffle soup". The movie follows this talented individual for over a decade, giving viewers an intimate look into the mind of a culinary wunderkind.

Why You Should Watch It 
Picking up an Emmy nomination and a James Beard Foundation award for Best Documentary, the film itself is a rare opportunity to meet some of the most talented minds in the cooking world. A roster of culinary authority figures appear in the film, such as notable gastronomy chef Heston Blumenthal, lending credibility. Viewers will embark on what has been once touted as a "gastronomic thriller."


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Running time: 1 hour 58 minutes

The Plot 
Unlikely yet entertaining, two Japanese milk truck drivers help a failing ramen restaurant owner rise from the bottom, all in the pursuit of making the perfect bowl of noodles. Funny twists and newfound allies allows the titular character Tampopo to overcome adversity and create slurp-worthy ramen.

Why You Should Watch It 
Released in 1987, the movie pays homage to a staple in Japanese cuisine – ramen. The sometimes over-the-top storyline takes inspiration from spaghetti westerns all while forming its own style and narrative. Take a look at how serious the Japanese take the art of noodle making, even if it is just a fictitious tale.

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