The Top 10 Food Documentaries That Deserve a Re-watch

16 November, 2018

An informative and well-made documentary has the power to transform the way we think about food – and impact the way we eat. From an overweight Brooklynite looking to find love by overhauling his diet, to the talented Danish chef behind the two-Michelin star Noma, these tales of cuisine, diet and the environment will inform and hopefully instruct better ways to eat and appreciate food. If you’ve seen some of these – great. Why not refresh your memory and sit down for a second helping?

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This film tells the beautiful tale of 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, who owns a 10-seater, Michelin three-star restaurant nestled in a Tokyo substation. Meanwhile, Jiro’s eldest son, Yoshikazu, struggles to live up to his father’s legacy.

2. Ugly Delicious

This Netflix docu-series follows James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang as he travels the world with the goal of smashing cultural barriers and deep-diving into long-held misconceptions about food.

3. Chef’s Table

Netflix strikes again with this highly acclaimed series, each episode of which profiles a world-renowned chef. This enchanting show gives viewers the chance to peer into the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants they will likely never visit in person.

4. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

This 2014 documentary is an important exposé of the factory farming industry and its steady destruction of the planet’s natural resources. Filmmaker Kip Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement and uncovers the dark and dangerous side of food.

5. Food, Inc

America’s food industry is once again under the microscope as filmmaker Robert Kenner reveals how the country’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that value profits above consumer health.

6. The Search for General Tso

An iconic sweet-spicy-glossy chicken dish becomes the hero of this acclaimed documentary about the Chinese-American experience, small-town restaurateurs, and food folklore.

7. Hungry for Change

This documentary exposes the shocking truths the diet and weight-loss industries work hard to keep from us. It features interviews with bestselling health authors and medical experts, plus tales from those who’ve radically transformed their health through what they eat.

8. May I Be Frank

In this heartfelt film, the utterly endearing Frank Ferrante, a 54-year-old obese Sicilian-American kicks off a life-altering journey when he decides to switch to a mostly raw, vegan lifestyle in an effort to find new love.

9. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to regain control of his failing health on a 60-day cross-America trek, during which he drinks only fruit and vegetable juice. It’s hugely surprising, inspiring and even spurred a second, follow-up film.

10. Noma: My Perfect Storm

This documentary offers viewers an intimate look at the creative journey and genius mind of René Redzepi, the celebrated chef behind mythic, award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma.