A short list of a few inspiring films where food is at the core of the story line. Of course there are more, but these are our editor’s top flicks that will make you want to get in the kitchen or hop the car for a food hunt with a friend.
1. The Last Holiday
In this romantic comedy starring Queen Latifah, Latifah plays a store clerk, Georgia, who is misdiagnosed with a terminal disease, decides to spend her life savings on a luxurious trip to a European hotel. While on her fearless and adventurous trip she eats like every meal was her last, indulging in the finest cuisine prepared by a chef she greatly admired.
Georgia ended up befriending one of her favorite celebrity chefs, cooking, and dining with him. That part of the movie alone will forever be any true foodie’s greatest wishes. The heart-melting romance between her and LL Cool J’s character was just an added bonus!
2. No Reservations
The film is about chefs, so it instantly qualifies to make this list. What makes this a food snob favorite is how Catherine Zeta Jones’ character refuses to conform to the petty and very annoying food request from customers. She even served a raw steak to an annoying patron to make her point. Her toughness is softened when she meets her match in her new sous chef, played by Aaron Eckhart (see picture for reference).
This movie really shows the importance of food and culture. It’s unfathomable to think that something as heavenly as chocolate can cause such an uproar in a town. The film in a nutshell is all about embarrassing differences, and being more open to new people and new experiences. Who would have thought that something a simple as chocolate could have such an impact?
4. Eat, Pray, Love
The popular film starring Julia Roberts is just one huge reminder that we should enjoy the simplest things in life: good food, faith, friends/family/relationships. But let’s get real, the highlight of her global excursion was the Italian food! It’s a tough film to watch on an empty stomach.
5. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
A bit of a curve ball from all of the aforementioned rom-coms, but it’s place here is valid. Harold & Kumar both had that burger on their mind, and endured every obstacle to obtain it. Any true foodie would understand the chase for that meal your craving, regardless of how inconvenient or difficult it is to obtain.