For those who love the intersection of film and food without the gory venture into slaughterhouses and food processing plants, there are a variety of options. These films look at a range between competition to real-life battlefields as food lovers duke it out to prove themselves and their passions. For more food documentaries, check out our Top 5 Political Food Documentaries. 1. Pressure Cooker (2008)
Students at a Northeast Philadelphia high school are in for a challenge with a notoriously strict culinary arts teacher. This class is more than a credit towards graduation, though. It prepares students for a city-wide competition that could lead to scholarships and college, a chance not all at this school get. You'll cringe, you'll laugh, you might even cry as these students see if they can handle the pressure.
2. Kings of Pastry (2009)
Stiff hats and starched whites take center stage in this documentary about the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the Best Craftsman in France pastry competition. Watch these giants of the culinary world spin sugar, eat cake, throw fits, and even cry as the epic decision nears, announced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy himself.
3. Cooking History (2009)
Military cooks are not only the determinants of their fellow soldiers' nutrition, but have great stories, too! Nationalism, battle, and exploded goulash make the list as several European cooks and chefs are interviewed to share their varied experiences. Eleven recipes are examined as food preparation in the field becomes a battle in and of itself.
4. Eat This New York (2004)
Two best friends film the process of trying to open up a restaurant in the city that many consider to be the culinary capital of the country, New York City. As they document their struggles, the filmmakers seek advice and consultation from some of New York's successes, such as the restaurateurs behind Le Cirque (Sirio Marccioni), Balthazar (Keith McNally), Gramercy Tavern (Danny Meyer), and Daniel (Daniel Bouloud).
5. All in This Tea (2007)
To many, tea is simply another source of caffeine that, sure, isn't too bad tasting. But for this man, tea holds millions of years of delicious mystery and he isn't talking about the stuff you buy in boxes at the store. Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht explore this passion, connecting with farmers from halfway around the world in China.