Films for everyone getting serious about cooking during this lockdown…
A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.
Best served with: some delicious winter soup!
Julie & Julia (2009)
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Best served with: anything really, but by the end of it you will simply want to get your hands on Julia Child’s book. ( Yes, it exists!)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
A beautiful tale from master Hayao Miyazaki. A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Best served with: something colourful to eat.
No Reservations (2007)
The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.
Best served with: a big bowl of Spaghetti.
Jon Favreau brings one of the most feel-good cooking films ever. A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
Best served with: simple delicious Cuban food.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
If you miss traveling this film will take you on a cooking journey! The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.
Best served with: Indian takeaway and a fancy french dessert. (Trust us, it works)
A delicious classic. A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Do not play unless you have chocolate in the house!
Best served with: see film title.
The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain. Biographical comedy-drama on the life of cookery writer Nigel Slater.
Best served with: beans on toast.
The Lunchbox (2013)
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
Best served with: Bombay-inspired food from your local neighbourhood takeaway - support local businesses!
Soul Food (1997)
Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart.
Best served with: cornbread, dumplings, deep-fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, string beans, fried chicken, collard greens, and black-eyed peas.
Hopefully these films will tide you over until we're open again! Did we miss a great film off our list? Message us your suggestions below...