We Found All of the Best Foodie Shows on Netflix (You’re Welcome)
Who doesn’t love a good food docuseries? There’s something entirely satisfying about sitting down and watching chefs and journalists prepare and taste food from all around the world — it’s a momentary escape from your own go-to meals and mundane day-to-day, almost like traveling through the palate of someone else.
Some of the best ones can be found on Netflix — but with so many options to choose from, it can feel like you’re scrolling through your options for longer than you’re actually watching the show. That’s where we come in. We’ve curated some of the absolute best foodie movies and documentaries on Netflix — from the beloved Anthony Bourdain to the charming Julia Child.
"Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown"
The late Anthony Bourdain was arguably one of the most talented, inspiring TV personalities to grace the air — although he would have denied it. Though Anthony had hosted a plethora of travel and food shows on a handful of different networks, CNN’s "Parts Unknown" was perhaps the most exciting of them all. It plays more like a docu-series than a hosted food show, delving into the culture of each destination and how that affects its culinary traditions.
Hosted by award-winning chef Dave Chang of Momofuku fame, "Ugly Delicious" is a deep dive into kitchens all over the world. He brings along fellow chefs, journalists, and other media personalities while eating some of the most decadent dishes across the globe.
This Emmy-nominated docuseries spends each episode on a given renowned chef. Get ready to travel around the world, into the kitchens of the likes of Ivan Orkin, renowned ramen chef from New York, Swedish wunderkind Magnus Nilsson, and three-Michelin starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura.
The iconic social experiment that Morgan Spurlock undertook is just as relevant today as it was during its 2004 release. In case you haven’t seen it: Spurlock goes on a month-long McDonald’s diet to shine light on the dangers of fast food in America — from the marketing side of the business to the food itself.
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" follows Jiro Ono, renowned sushi master and owner of the three Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro. The Japanese-language film also follows Jiro’s two sons, as they attempt to navigate the Tokyo restaurant scene in their father’s footsteps. It’s poignant, and inspiring — and will most definitely make you want to book a flight to Tokyo.
"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat"
Based on the award-winning cookbook of the same name, "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" follows chef Samin Nosrat as she navigates the culinary traditions in four different countries — The United States, Japan, Mexico, and Italy. If you enjoyed "Ugly Delicious" and "Chef’s Table", you’ll love this Netflix docuseries.
Ever wonder what it takes to become a Master Sommelier? Welcome to "Somm", a docuseries following four sommelier hopefuls as they put their lives on hold to prepare for the Master Sommelier Exam — which happens to be one of the most unique, prestigious sommelier tests in the world. Get ready to learn more than you ever thought you’d need to know about wine.
"The Mind of a Chef"
Narrated and produced by Anthony Bourdain, and hosted by a rotating lineup of all-star chefs, "The Mind of a Chef" is a deep dive into the inner workings of a given chef’s playbook. The first season started with Dave Chang’s insanely popular ramen recipes, while the following seasons boast everyone from Magnus Nilsson to Danny Bowien.
"Somebody Feed Phil"
"Somebody Feed Phil" follows Phil Rosenthal, creator of the classic sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond". Here, he takes viewers on a trip around the world — from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to New Orleans, Louisiana. Phil isn’t a chef or necessarily well versed in international food, so his culinary adventures are always a bit comical and quirky compared to your typical food and travel journalism show.
"Burnt" follows Adam Jones (played by Bradley Cooper), who was a renowned chef before his drug and alcohol abuse became too much to ignore and he was let go. After a life-altering move to New Orleans and then to London, Adam gets a second chance at being a Michelin-starred chef, and discovers who he really is throughout the journey.
"Julie & Julia"
"Julie & Julia" is a star-studded film that intertwines the lives of beloved chef Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) and modern-day New Yorker Julie (played by Amy Adams) who decides to take it upon herself to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s timeless cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".
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