Binge List for the inner Chef in you!
Updated: Aug 2
The quarantine has taken many into their kitchens; even busy startup founders, Celebrities or just anyone have discovered the joy of cooking. We're sure that people all around the globe understood the pure joy of food in it's pure essense, may it be traditional or modern gastronomy and of how dearly we've missed it. Here's a binge list for the inner Chef in this time of isolation. This list contains movies and shows apart from the well known like John Favreau's or Saif Ali Khan's 'Chef' or Ratatouille or MasterChef series, but only those with most dynamic impact on your mind, through its visual representation of cinematography and the masterminds behind it. So, keep some snack ready, sit back and gorge on these virtual treats.
1. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014 )
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a film that demands that you take it seriously. With its feel-good themes of multicultural understanding, it is about Something Important. It even comes with the stamp of approval from titanic taste makers, Oprah Winfrey Steven Spielberg, who both serve as producers. An Indian family moves to France and sets up a restaurant opposite a well-established French haute cuisine restaurant. An intense professional rivalry breaks out between the restaurateurs. The film cast has spectacular actors from Hollywood, as well as bollywood, like Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri and Juhi Chawla.
2. Burnt (2015)
Ever wondered of what goes on behind the brain of a dish? Or what it is to work in a Michelin star restaurant? Don't let Chef Adam Jones opinion on seared tuna distract you from the fact that this movie is exactly that. A classic. Seared tuna is good because you know what to expect, and it's the little individual twists made by a chef that make it delicious. This movie may not be surprising in plot, but it's a truly rare gem of emotion and storytelling. While wholly different from the movie "Chef" there are strong parallels throughout, and both movies will not only leave you with a sense of carpe diem, but likely a desire to go out and eat a little better than you did the day before. Highly recommended. Great movie. Adam Jones is a talented chef who fell from grace as a result of his arrogance. Determined to resurrect his career, he moves to London and starts working in a prestigious restaurant.
3. Chef's Table (2015) - TV Series
This isn't just a show, it is a collection of stories. Beautiful stories. Every episode is filled with heart, creativity, tradition, history, local ingredients and the journey to perfection taken by each chef. It's mesmerizing to say the least. Even when it's a topic or a part of the world that doesn't interest you, you'll still find yourself getting hooked! This is just a brilliant show encapsulating not only how food affects people, but how people take different ingredients and make art out of it. It's also inspiring to see how so many ingenious chefs made it, amidst their own personal struggles and odds. And that says a lot about culture, heritage and human tenacity. Some of the most renowned chefs in the world share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles. Each chef's discipline and culinary talent is explored while he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation. Cinematography done by the team of 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'.
4. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
An amazing documentary that covers one of the top-rated sushi restaurants in the world. The documentary covers the story of Jiro Ono. But the story is much more than that. The story covers what Ono has done and sacrificed to become what he is today. It is truly a story of sacrifice in pursuit of mastery. As Ono ages, one feels a bit pained knowing we will lose one of the best sushi chefs the world has ever known. But what a wonderful life Mr. Ono has lived. Jiro is a real hero, he summons the success by enjoying every bit of process in making this ridiculously delicious and committed food. He utterly loves his job to the core and he put his heart and soul in it. Jiro Dreams of Sushi takes us through the journey of making a perfectly done sushi and the complete process which is involved. Regarded more as an inspirational tale of an unadorned genius, this film teaches quite a few life lessons which are significant and pivotal in every man's life.
5. Chocolat (2000)
This is a movie exploring the social norm of society and how those norms will be challenged due to external forces. The setting of the movie is depicting a conservative society. The religious institution is governing the standard of society. There is no room for creative thinking. A single mom walks in this community, not relying on a man to support her and her daughter. She has an entrepreneur mind; she starts a small business by making chocolate. The chocolate begins to revolutionize the way husband and wife feel about each other. The patriarch of the society cannot accept a woman as an equal partner to a man. The patriarch of the community begins to develop a strategy to push her of society. It would be best if you watched the movie to see what will happen. This is a movie that has hidden messages to its viewers. A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a conservative village in France, much to the villagers' disapproval. Over time, they win the people's hearts and also help them with their troubles.
6. Babette's Feast (1987)
The French Babbette appears at the modest house of two Danish sisters wet, cold, and alone. Fleeing revolution in Paris, she seeks refuge in an obscure religious community on the windswept Jutland coast. Unbeknownst to those who so generously take her in, she is a great chef, an artist of food. Babette gives herself to her adopted community through thrift, productivity, and shared faith. She leaves only when she wins the French lottery--10,000 francs. She returns laden with exotic cargo, the makings of a single meal commemorating the birthday of the sister's father, the community's founder. This meal looms darkly in the minds of the pleasure-denying faithful but its subtleties are translated by an aging military officer who, as a young man in Paris, learned to appreciate the sensory experience unfolding here. The meal is the film's climax, a communion of love in the transitory artistry of food--unaffectedly uplifting about art, love, and the meaning of life.
7. No Reservations (2002)
A very mediocre story and a movie.Kate is a master chef in a NY restaurant.A new employee named Nick joins to learn the trade under Kate.Kate is taking care of Zoe a small girl of her sister orphaned in an accident.Kate hates Nick and does not like him to be around her no matter how humble he behaves toward her.However Nick grows fonder on Zoe as she is being brought by Kate to her restaurant. Kate emerges to a much more loving and beautiful person when she learns to become a "mother" to her niece and a loving partner to a talented fellow-chef in New York City. A delightful story supported with great acting and uplifting music!
8. Julie & Julia (2009)
Julie and Julia is a Sweet Film about the lives of two women who are separated by time and space, but whats common between them is their love for cooking. Julia is the Goddess of cooking who published her own cook book about French Cuisine for 'American housewives who have no cooks' which is considered as the greatest one on Earth for French Cuisine and Julie living in 21st Century NewYork, in her successful quest for writing a blog (and become a writer) gives herself the deadline of 365 days to make all the dishes present in Julias Cookbook. What is most interesting about the movie is that though the movie depicts the life of two women living in two different ages, the life of one(Julie) subtly seems to be a re-run of the life of the other (Julia). The movie has everything, from the happiness of getting the dishes right to the problems faced when adjusting to a new place and taking up new activities which one can easily relate to.
We certainly hope this list has inspired your inner chef in this isolation and has you gorging delicious treats. Food has been many things to not just mankind but all living beings in the study of anthropology and truly can be said that, "food makes us the person of who we are or supposed to be". To keep your food spirits up, we hope to host you at our hostel and take you on a food journey with our food walks, cultural immersion dinners, workshops amd movie nights.