Nothing gets our mouths watering quite like a foodie film. Besides making us hungry, they also offer a rare glimpse into the lives of those behind the scenes of making the delectable fare we enjoy at a bakery, bistro, café, coffeehouse or whatever food haven you prefer.
Since this week’s Sunday night movie focuses on a London chef trying to reclaim his former glory, in Burnt, we thought we’d take a look a closer look at foodie films to whet your appetite.
Haute Cuisine (2012)
They say there’s no business like show business, but they clearly forgot about the food business. Whether you’re working in a professional kitchen or become a personal chef to the rich and powerful, it’s a chef eat chef world out there. Based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuc, who became personal chef to the president of France in the late ‘80s, Haute Cuisine represents her tenacity and talent in overcoming the resentment of the kitchen staff she takes command of in the president’s sumptuous home.
Watch Haute Cuisine on Saturday 17 December at 13:40 on M-Net Movies All Stars.
If there’s one thing that definitely does not belong in a kitchen, it’s a rat. But what if you’re a rat that loves cooking and wants to be a chef? That’s the dilemma Remy the rat faces in this endearing Disney/Pixar film that sees Remy befriending Alfredo Linguini as they tackle the demanding restaurant business in pursuit of their passion.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Take two parts forbidden romance, one part magic realism and sprinkle with a portion of darkness and humour. The result is this enchanting film about a girl destined to remain single whose emotions – be they amour or angst – seep into her food, affecting all those who eat it in the same way.
Big Night (1996)
The restaurant racket is a tough gamble, as demonstrated in this film about two brothers from Italy managing a failing Italian restaurant in the U.S. Perfectly cast as the pair of brothers are Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, supported by the likes of Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini and Allison Janney.
This is not Bradley Cooper’s first foray into an on-screen kitchen. In 2005, he appeared in the one and only season of Kitchen Confidential, adapted from the book by renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. He plays a similar character in Burnt, supported by a stunning cast that includes Daniel Brühl, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson.
Watch Burnt, your Sunday night movie on 18 December at 20:05 on M-Net.
Already gorged too much this festive season? Try one of your other Sunday night movie selections: young adult sci-fi The 5th Wave at 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere or the Palestinian drama The Idol in your new movie slot on M-Net Edge at 21:00.