Eating and cooking is an art that has gained recognition in recent years. Maybe it’s because there are more delicious cooking shows (and cooking shows next door); maybe it’s because food is part of every culture and way of life; The kitchen world has gained enough interest to appear more and more in movies and TV shows. We love and respect real life chefs (and hope to one day be able to eat at their restaurants), from movies and shows like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ugly Delicious, Chef’s Table, Salt-Acid-Fat-Heat, or any of Anthony Bourdain’s shows, but this list is about fictional chefs. We hope you’ve already eaten because we’re going to be talking about delicious, creative, delicious foods and those who create them. Here are the best movies and TV shows about fictional chefs, sorted by:
8th Burned (2015)
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a former top chef aspiring to his third Michelin star after finally moving on from a past of substance abuse. This underdog tale follows the chef’s journey from a prickly obsessive who wants the third star regardless of the human cost, to someone who enjoys work, the company of his work family, and the preparation of good food, all while becoming a better person in the process. burned has a great cast (Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Alicia Vikander, Emma Thompson, Omar Sy, Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys). Its real star, however, is photographing a prestigious restaurant and real-life chef Marcus Wareing’s incredible plates.
7 Chocolate (2000)
Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter move to a small village in France to open a chocolate shop. Since people in the city have an old way of thinking, they don’t like it when their new neighbor opens on Sundays and offers chocolates during Lent. But the chocolate is irresistible and the whole city starts to change and lighten up a little thanks to Vianne’s delicious recipes. chocolate is a great food film that mixes a quirky town with some love, modernity and sugary treats to show that people who accept all of their uniqueness are always happier. In this case, the whole town learns this sweet lesson by melting, morphing, and combining chocolate at delicatessens like hot chocolate with chilli powder or truffles dusted with cocoa.
An Indian family moves to a small town in France and opens a restaurant. The problem? It’s across from a Michelin restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Hassan (Manish Dayal) is the Indian chef of incredible talent who wants to prove his worth to his family, Madame Mallory, and their cook Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), who could also steal his heart. The Hundred Foot Journey shows the ups and downs of restaurant life, old French traditions and new cooking ideas. And it particularly shows how combining all of these elements can create something new, delicious and better, as do the French-Indian fusion dishes featured in this film that will whet your appetite for spicy, curry-infused food.
5 Bob’s Burgers (since 2011)
Bob’s burger is an animated show that follows the life of the Belcher family in and out of their small restaurant. It’s also one of the most enduring shows on television, always making us laugh with its adventures and low-stakes stories. As any good chef should, Bob loves food and many of the episodes revolve around his burger recipes. It also has some of the best burger-related puns of all time, like “Bohemian Radishy Burger”, “Poutine in the Ritz Burger” or our favorite “Eggers Can’t be Cheesers Burger” (with fried egg and cheese). We may never go to Bob’s burger joints, but we’ll try these recipes at home just to do him justice.
4 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
A thief (Michael Gambon) spends his days in the chef’s (Richard Bohringer) French restaurant bullying everyone. His wife (Helen Mirren), fed up with this behavior, begins an affair with one of the regulars (Alan Howard). That’s the plot of this movie, but it’s not the story at all.
Peter Greenaway was never a conventional director, and this film is no different. He was a painter and architect before becoming a director and you can see that in every picture he takes. With incredible artistic direction (every room is a different color, including the actor’s wardrobe, even if they were wearing something different in a different room seconds ago), this is a sensual film filled with opulence, decadence and gluttony. A feast has never looked so delicious and sad at the same time. Some said the film was an anti-Tacher allegory. What is certain is that the chef’s revenge after being continually humiliated by the thief is a plate served hot in a delicious-looking (if very repulsive) recipe. The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover It’s not an easy movie to love, but we can guarantee you’ve never seen a movie quite like it.
3 Ratatouille (2007)
Remy (Patton Oswald) is a rat who loves food and dreams of becoming a great French chef like many before him. With the help of Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), a clumsy garbage man in one of the best restaurants, he could make his dreams come true. Ratatouille is a love letter to food, cooking and following your dreams. It’s not only one of the best Pixar films of all time, but one that shows just how creative the food world can be. It also explains how a kitchen might work, what colorful characters populate it, and how your whole world can depend on a good review. He may be a rat, but Remy’s food looks delicious, creative and unique, and isn’t that what we expect from our chefs?
2 Chef (2014)
Carl Caper (Jon Favreau) is a chef working at a famous LA restaurant, but he’s exhausted and has lost his adventurous cooking spirit. After one bad review and a Twitter battle with the critic, he decides to leave the restaurant behind, grab a food truck, and embark on a coast-to-coast trip making Cubano sandwiches with his best friend and son for sale. cook is Favreau’s comeback to the indie world directing one of his finest films. Obsessed with food, he wrote, directed and starred in this film, and he keeps showing us incredible dishes being cooked. The film was a minor success, enough to make a real cooking show, with Favreau and chef Roi Choi explaining how to cook the film’s recipes and more.
1 The Bear (since 2022)
Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) is a promising chef who has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. When his brother dies, he returns to Chicago and starts working at their beef sandwich restaurant.
The bearshows how unspectacular and dangerous a kitchen can be. It also emphasizes how stressful and tense it can be. Carmy, his “cousin” and the rest of the team prepare to open the restaurant every day as if it were the start of a war. It’s a great Chicago show with excellent performances and colorful characters, and it’s a pressure cooker exploding in an incredible seventh episode. Carmy might cook delicious nouvelle cuisine, but we’d give anything we have for one of these sandwiches.