First things first… This article is for Netflix users. If you’re not one, get the hell out of here. Just kidding, you can stay – but seriously, get Netflix already.
Are you a foodie? Are you someone that loves food, but hates the term “foodie”? Do you just like to slam delicious bites into your mouth? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, this article is for you. Here’s our list of the best food/cooking shows and movies that are currently available to stream on Netflix instant.
10. BIZARRE FOODS
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? No, that’s not a guy holding a giant penis. That’s Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern holding a geoduck clam, which is one of the more normal things he eats on the show. Bizarre Foods takes you around the world with Andrew to discover the weirdest dishes of food known to mortal man and then you watch Andrew eat them.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Although we hate watching Zimmern eat, there’s something compelling about the man and he’s interesting enough to make you want to see him eat nasty stuff.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Chopped is one of the better competition cooking shows out there. Four chefs are given baskets which contain mystery ingredients that must be used in their dishes. Each round, one contestant is knocked out based on the ruling of three judges.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? The uncertainty of the baskets lead to a lot of really interesting ideas and some complete train wrecks. I also enjoy that most of the contestants are unknown professional chefs who are hungry to win and often times have interesting reasons for being there.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? A cooking competition on crack. Contestants compete head to head showcasing their cooking skills, but that’s the normal part. Throw in sabotage, insane obstacles to cook around, and you have one twisted show.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Host Alton Brown is a living, breathing encyclopedia of food knowledge and someone who sadistically takes joy in watching his contestants suffer – like making them cook in a miniature kitchen or using a clothes iron as their only source of heat.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Jiro Ono is 85 years old and considered one of the greatest sushi chefs on the planet. This documentary dives into Jiro’s life and what makes him great; it also explores his son’s ambitions to take over the business once Jiro retires.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Jiro didn’t become the best by half-assin’ it. Watching his obsessive work habits will make you feel like you’re not doing enough with your life. His drive is next-level, but also a little sad – the dude never takes a day off… no vacation… nothing.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Adapted from the Japanese cult TV show and the cooking competition series that started it all, Iron Chef America pits one of four world renowned master chefs against a challenging chef.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Host Alton Brown’s immense food brain, the Chairman’s righteous karate chop, the secret ingredient, and a crew of murderous (in the culinary sense) chefs makes this a must for any food fan. Watching Masaharu Morimoto filet a fish with the hum of numerous kitchen appliances running in the background creates a strange zen-like feeling which is pretty cool.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay spends a week with struggling restaurants across the country and tries to save them from closing their doors permanently.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Gordon Ramsay is famous for a reason and let’s just say it’s not because he knows how to demonstrate restraint. His brutal honesty is something to behold and it makes for some of the best moments in television history.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? From the man that brought you Elf and Iron Man comes Chef, a film about a chef who loses his job and then starts his own food truck with the help of his social media savvy son.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Chef was a big passion project of director Jon Favreau and it shows. The film is sincere, respectful to the craft of cooking, and extremely easy to digest (no pun intended).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Watch chef David Chang enjoy food from around the globe and give his unique perspective on how it inspires him in his own work.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? David Chang does what he wants. After getting too many complaints from vegetarians about the menu at his restaurant Momofuku, he removed all but one vegetarian option. Basically saying “take it, or leave it.” He’s unapologetic, but completely real and a fascinating character study.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? SO… We’re breaking the rules a little here and doing three shows in one. These are all practically the same show with a few exceptions. All three involve Anthony Bourdain going somewhere, eating, and enjoying the local customs.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Simple. Anthony Bourdain. You could film him going anywhere and I’d tune-in. Anthony is my favorite chef to watch and listen to. I never grow tired of him. His poetic rantings and originality make him more than just some food authority, but rather someone who transcends the average food show host.
01. CHEF’S TABLE
WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Netflix hired David Gelb, the director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, to create a mini series of individual, hour long episodes, focused on different chefs and their cooking process.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT? Watch art, music, and cooking all collide in an amazing way. Gelb truly knocked it out the park with this series. Chef’s Table beautifully showcases food and gets into the psyche of each chef to find out how their surroundings and backgrounds play into their dishes.