Whether you're looking for some inspiration to become healthier, or you're just interested in where your food is coming from, grab a bowl of air-popped popcorn, cosy up on the couch, and get started on these food documentaries that may just inspire you to eat better and will increase your knowledge about many things.
Food, Inc. (2008)
This documentary lifts the lid on the obscene power that modern-day food companies wield by operating under the decree of faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper food. Furthermore, it also sheds light on how the government and food industries are largely corrupt and healthy food is purposefully more challenging to obtain and... just spare us the struggle and watch it. One of the best (and most eye-opening) documentaries of all time.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi chef, regarded as the best globally, is the subject of our all-time favourite food documentary. His small 10-seat restaurant is located within a subway station, serves a set menu, and reservations can take months. It was the first of its kind to receive a three-star Michelin Guide rating. The visuals and storey arch are stunning, mirroring Jiro's never-ending pursuit of perfection. Keep a sashimi takeout menu nearby.
Four wine stewards prepare for the Master Sommelier Exam to achieve the highest level of Sommelier recognition: 'The Master Sommelier certification'. However, the exam is one of the most difficult in the world, and it is presided over by a notoriously selective Court of Master Sommeliers. Somm demonstrates how the exam covers all aspects of the world and industry of wine, beer, spirits/cocktails, and hospi tality from a business, service, and philosophical standpoint.
That Sugar Film (2014)
We all know sugar is not good for us, but Australian documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau reminds us just how bad it is (we promise you will be disturbed). Expert interviews delve into the molecular level of sugar calories and how they work (or, more accurately, how they don't work), revealing the insane amount of sugar hidden in everyday foods that are added to reach the "bliss point" that makes food more desirable.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
Cowspiracy, which addresses the corporate presence in the way we eat and live, is a shocking look inside the industry that has told us how we should (or should not) eat for generations. From deconstructing the food pyramid to delving into the meat and dairy industries, this documentary experience is sure to make you wonder what impact the food you eat has on the health of your body and the health of the Earth itself. A man goes in search of truth in the American food industry, and whether willingly provided or pried from their reluctant mouths, he gets some surprising answers to the posed questions. You might want to go vegan after watching this.
Street Food (2019)
Street Food delves deeply into the tradition of street food and how eating it is the best way to truly understand a culture in its most authentic form. It visits incredible street food vendors all over Asia, including Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.