*This blog post was updated in August 2019*
How does the old saying go? One’s eyes are always bigger than their stomach? Overestimating your appetite may be one thing, but when it comes to binge-watching food documentaries, let your eyes have at it. Here are the 10 best food documentaries on Netflix brought to you by the team here at Foodee—because we love great food at work.
10 best food documentaries on Netflix
This four-part limited Netflix series was brought to us by award-winning food writer and author Michael Pollan and renowned filmmaker Alex Gibney. This beautiful series shows us the notion that when we learned to cook was when we truly became human. Each episode covers how food got to our plate by either fire, air, water or earth. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
Chef’s Table has become one of the centerpieces within the foodie film community. Spearheaded by Jiro Dreams of Sushi director, David Gelb, this Netflix original multiple series offers an inside look at some of the world’s leading chefs. With several fantastic seasons available, all featuring restaurants, dishes and chefs from around the globe, binge-watchers will have plenty to look forward to with this tantalizing TV show.
Jiro Ono is often cited as the world’s preeminent sushi chef. Owner/operator of Sukiyabashi Jiro – a 3 Michelin star restaurant located in a Tokyo train station – this documentary profiles both his process and his sons’ attempts to follow in their father’s footsteps. Despite how easy on the eyes this doc tends to be, it is a testament to discipline, familial ties, and age.
This film tackles the issue of industrialized farming in America, which, as it turns out, is a pretty huge problem. From meat production to the large scale production of vegetables and grains, Food, Inc. details how big business has impacted food production over the last fifty years.
In the world of wine, sommeliers are a dime a dozen, but not everyone can become a master. In fact, in the forty-plus-years the The Court of Master Sommeliers has existed, less than 200 people have received the distinction. Somm follows four candidates as they train to achieve the greatest title, as well as an inside look into how the organization selects its members.
Meat lovers, you’ve been forewarned. Forks Over Knives takes an unflattering look at America’s meat and dairy based diets. From coronary diseases to diabetes, this film offers an interesting look at how what we eat affects us. Plus, they even provide a solution: switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Three people. Six weeks. One challenge. Vegucated follows three meat eaters/dairy lovers as they give up animal products for the alleged health benefits of veganism. Along with their progress, the film exposes the harmful practices of the livestock industry.
If you have any interest at all in American Chinese food, The Search of General Tso is a must-see film. Who was General Tso, and how did his dish become so omnipresent throughout North America? Its origins in China are unknown, but somehow its become synonymous with Chinese cuisine.
If you ever wondered what goes into being awarded a Michelin rating, Three Stars will pique your interest. Filmmaker Lutz Hachmeister enters into the high-stakes working environments of nine chefs, all of which have received three stars.
Kings of Pastry follows the founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, Jacquy Pfeiffer, as he goes head-to-head with 15 other top pastry chefs in the Meilleur Ouvrier de France competition. Tensions run high in this eye-opening film, one which details a world where dessert is all important.