From the much famous Ramsay’s Kitchen stories to horror facts about the food-supply chain, there is ample of information out there about the food industry that you should know about. Driven by independent makers, this genre has grown immensely over the last decade.
Food documentaries portraits both, the bright and dark sides of the food industry. They entail literally everything possible – hospitality industry kingpin, behind the scenes, recipes, customer reviews, bad critique, fights behind the kitchen walls, scouting for raw products and the final dishes.
Some of these movies might just spark your inner foodie or a chef and you might just think about booking a ticket to Paris to have a tiny, little macaroon that you saw in one of these. Here are our best picks for top 20 food documentaries – but before you scroll down, Bon Appetit!
More than Honey
Have you ever thought about the hard work that bees put into collecting honey whenever you taste it? Or have you wondered how it actually gets from “there- the raw beehive” to “here- your table”? But what if the bees were disappearing? Would you lose your honey too?
Too many questions are answered in one single film by Markus Imhoof More Than Honey. He delves in the dwindling bee population worldwide and how this reduction could impact the world food supply as a whole.
Markus connects the agribusiness of honey production with a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder and sheds light on the bee problems. The cinematographer Jorg Jeshel has done a wonderful job at creating a stunning film with shots from sweeping mountains to peering bee hives.
A matter of Taste
This documentary is for anyone who aspires to become a haute chef or wants to know the insights about the struggles of becoming a chef. The film tells the story of Paul Liebrandt, a young chef who was as praised for his talent as much as he was critiqued for how his dishes fell short of expectations.
Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese
One can easily find amazingly beautiful and crazy tasting delicacies in almost every nook and corner of New York. But to understand the food in New York better, you have got to understand the city’s hyper regional bodega speciality, the chopped cheese. The chopping of hamburger patties have rendered the name of the sandwich.
But once you go back to the origins of the chopped cheese and peel back every layer one by one, you’ll find answers to the most hidden, bizarre and revealing questions. From how it is so difficult to find in lower Manhattan to its rise as one of the most preferred and staple ingredients in food all across New York.
Cowspiracy – The sustainability secret
If you are planning to go completely vegan, this movie is your moral impetus. Cowspiracy is a food documentary which explores the untapped regions of animal agriculture and how it is the biggest threat to the environment. If you ever wonder about how animal cruelty and illegal animal agriculture still persist so strongly in the society and why leading environmental organizations such as Greenpeace keep quiet about it, you should definitely watch this film!
Cowspiracy is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and just like his movies, you will find a strong vibe and feel to this food documentary. The director Kip Anderson probes the meat industry’s ties to the government and tries to cover different aspects of its fatal consequences.
Sushi: The Global Catch
Some are obsessed with sushi, some want to try out sushi and others just go with the flow and eat sushi. Sushi is literally all over the world, gaining traction from the West and the East. While the global demands for sushi increased drastically in past few years, Sushi: The global catch is a documentary from a conservationist’s perspective about the ill effects of over breeding and excess production of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna fish. It is the main fish which is used to make sushi and can possibly fetch more than $100,000 at an auction.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Joe cross, a man suffering from an autoimmune disease fights his way back to a healthy, normal and happy life by leaving behind the excessive weight he once had! When all hopes were lost, Joe decided to take the matter into his own hands.
He switched all his junk food with a juicer and left to travel across America eating just veggies and fresh juice all along the road. The documentary is an inspirational film which has motivated tons of people to choose and live a healthy life and cut back on the junk. According to the Dietary Guidelines, about three fourth of the population in the United States has an eating pattern low in vegetables, fruits, dairy and oil.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Deas shows the ugly parts of having excessive weight, daily struggles, exhaustion and the tough road back to being in shape, but all’s well that ends well.
It is a Netflix documentary series which helps viewers take an inside look in the kitchen doors of some of the world’s top chefs. Chef’s table is pretty much what you might think of as a usual food documentary as it covers the basic elemental thought behind a chef’s kitchen and their work.
However, led by David Gelb, director of Jiro Dreamers of Sushi, Chef’s table is a well-cinematographed film covering contemporary icons like Magnus Nilsson and Dan Barber. The second season even showcases trips to the Amazon jungle lead by Brazilian Chef Alex Atala.
Food, Inc. covers all 3 major aspects of corporate farming in America – tackling the meat production, large scale production of fruits, vegetables and grains, and the ways in which legal and economic power is wielded in America to big businesses. The documentary talks about the gaps and loopholes present in the industry and how it is becoming difficult to tackle with every passing day.
Killer at Large
According to a report by the U.S. Government, the mean body mass index (BMI) of adults in the United States in 2015-2016 was 29.1 for men and 29.6 for women. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered as obese, which means Americans are almost on the verge of complete obesity and are more prone to diseases. Killer at Large talks about obesity issues in the U.S. and how it affects culture, politics, health and even future generations. It delves in the real and hard hitting facts about overweight individuals, their daily hardships and challenges.
Killer at large showcases how obesity is not related to just one specific individual or a group, rather how widespread and dramatically large it is. The film is sort of emotionally compelling and would challenge you to give second thoughts about your eating choices.
The film’s protagonists are 3 meat and cheese lovers who would choose dripping, greasy, sumptuous cheese and meat over anything! But there’s a very interesting twist in the movie where all 3 of these individuals go vegan for 6 weeks and learn about health, factory farming and the environment in the process.
The movie alternates from comic to serious, making it an interesting documentary to watch. The main characters are just as relatable as anyone. It is the one that you watch say, “Oh well, me too!” or “Hey! I never knew this!”. Basically, the movie prompts the viewers to change their eating habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle, because if these 3 stubborn, crazily madly in love with cheese and meat people can do it, you can too!
Documentaries aren’t as boring you might think they are. In fact, the food industry has been revolutionizing over the last 2 decades. It’s not just about how food is processed anymore. These movies delve in deeper issues like animal cruelty, effects on health, chemical and artificial vegetables, etc. It shows newer and much more effective ingredients that could possibly boost our immunity system and improve our lifestyle.
If you are someone who loves food, or is becoming a chef, or loves to just binge watch Fox life’s food shows, these documentaries are made just for you. There are a hundred other food documentaries which explain the food industry beautifully and brutally, but the above mentioned are our top 10 food documentaries.
So, go watch them right now and let us know in the comment section below how you liked them. If you have any suggestions, please drop in and help us all! 😊