Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” and man, was this guy onto something! But if there’s one thing foodies enjoy more than cooking, or, pleasing and pampering their palate, it’s watching other people cook.
To whet that cinematic appetite of yours, we give you five must-watch movies for the foodie in you.Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom’s comedy-drama ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece! Starring Om Puri, Juhi Chawla and Helen Mirren in the performance of a lifetime, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ tells the tale of the Kadam family as they arrive in France from India and open a restaurant across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo; with an all-star cast such as this it’s impossible to not appreciate ‘Chef’ for what it is — a plot driven comedy-drama of epic proportions. Actor/director Jon Favreau did all his own cooking in the film by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. According to IMDb, Choi sent Favreau to a week of intensive French culinary schooling, where Favreau sharpened his knife skills and learned how to make sauces. “I brought him into the kitchen, and he just kind of fit in,” Choi recalls. “I threw him a couple tests, like a case of chives, or a case of onions, or peel two cases of avocados. Just to see where his mind and his situation and his abilities were and how interested he was in these things. He just attacked them. He really became a part of it.”The 2007 animated blockbuster ‘Ratatouille’ was so good, it took home the Oscar that year for ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’ Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain’s favorite food-centric film, Bourdain was quoted in an interview saying, “They got the food, the reactions to food, and tiny details to food really right – down to the barely noticeable pink burns on one of the character’s forearms. I really thought it captured a passionate love of food in a way that very few other films have.”Nominated for five Oscars ‘Chocolat’ is the second Lasse Hallstrom film to be featured on the list. In preparation for her role in the film, French actress Juliette Binoche went to a chocolate shop in Paris to learn how to make chocolates. Charmingly seductive, the Johnny Depp-starrer reinforces the belief that chocolates are the best weapon in any argument.Hands down, the best foodie film of all-time, the 1996 comedy ‘Big Night’ is a riot! Starring Tony Shaloub, Stanely Tucci and Marc Anthony, ‘Big Night’ tells the story of Primo and Secondo, two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. On the brink of bankruptcy, the two brothers must put aside their differences and gamble it all on one special night to try to save the business.
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