The best foodie movies of all time

A chef's review of some top foodie movies: entertainment you can chew on!

By Signe Langford

Great food movies recommended by a chef
True foodies are insatiable. We just can't seem to get enough of our favourite subject. We're always eating, cooking, or drooling over the latest cookbook. We devour agri-business exposés, or a chef's juicy tell-all. We watch endless hours of the Food Network and find other food-obsessed folks to talk food with -- ad nauseum. We visit grocery stores and fine food shops the way others go to museums or zoos. And by that I mean, we wander the aisles, mouths agape, eyes wide, caressing jars, squeezing fruit, and sniffing herbs.

We carry on like starved victims when a rare treat -- a shaving of fresh black truffle, a few drops of sauternes, or a slice of Iberico ham -- comes our way. And there's one more thing that really gets us going; food- and restaurant-themed movies. I say, 'gets us going', because we either love 'em or hate 'em! 

I spent 10 years in restaurant kitchens, so when I come across a badly researched and totally unrealistic restaurant kitchen movie, I get cranky. Really cranky. Likewise, when someone does something right, as they did in -- wait for it -- Disney's Ratatouille, I eat it up!

Here's a roundup of some of the best, silliest, weirdest, and tastiest foodie movies ever made. Pop some corn, melt some butter -- real butter! -- and settle in for some viewing that'll whet your appetite. And hey, you could even make a party of it! Cook a meal or organize a potluck based on the foods in the film you will be screening for your guests. Fun!

Eating Raoul (1982, comedy)
You'll need an open mind and a fairly strong stomach for this one. Let's just say it involves murder, robbery, and a tasty, if unconventional, way to dispose of the bodies -- and all this in an effort to finance the opening of a restaurant.

Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978, comedy)
Part comedy, part mystery, in this film someone is murdering the best chefs in Europe and they are  doing so in the same manner as that chef's particular speciality. Watch it to see what I mean.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
 (1989 artsy drama)
You don't have to be a Peter Greenaway fan to really enjoy this one; you just need a bit of an open mind! It's not for the under-14 set, but, it is an experience -- like you might have picked up from the title, there's plenty of food, crime, and sex.


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