Netflix is a great source of educational, inspiring or light-hearted food-centred entertainment. From docu-series to films, this streaming service has a veritable feast of food stories to tuck into from across the globe.
If, like us, you enjoy a good cooking show, or want some armchair escapism, here's our latest top picks of food shows and films from Netflix that will inspire and entertain this month:
When a loyal son decides to pursue his dream of becoming a high-end sommelier instead of joining the family BBQ business there ensues a tale of family tension that transcends both the food and wine aspect of the show’s premise. Staring Mamoudou Athie and Courtney B. Vance, it’s a well-acted drama that will resonate with everyone.
Food is central to this Netflix rom-com, after all central character Sasha is herself is a chef.
Flavours of Youth
Food is a bridge helping lonely souls re-connect in this Japanese animated cartoon saga about three millennials.
Tuca and Bertie
Netflix’s animated comedy might seem offbeat, but it definitely has food at its heart.
A Tale of Two Kitchens
An inspiring documentary featuring two restaurants, Cala in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City, both owned and operated by Gabriela Cámara, an acclaimed Mexican chef highlighting how restaurants can become second homes for the people who work in them.
While season 2 of this Mandarin-language show has been available on Netflix since October of last year, it’s still definitely worth a watch this month for those curious to learn about other cultures through food.
This deep dive into the history and cultural context of the Mexican culinary phenomenon is a delight to the senses (mostly just the audio/visual ones). Exploring six different kinds of tacos - ingredients and cooking methods - and with appearances by some of Mexico’s top chefs, there is plenty to enjoy.
Street Food: Latin America (Season 1) – docuseries
This newest instalment from the creators of Chef's Table will travel to six countries in Latin America and bring to life the vibrant street food culture of Oaxaca, Mexico; Salvador, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and La Paz, Bolivia.
New out on Netflix, this wacky competitive cooking show starring Heston Blumenthal, takes reality TV to new heights, quite literally. Think Willy Wonka and edible food sets and Heston doubling up as a food god, sitting on a cloud. Read more here.
Ugly Delicious - Season 2
The critically-acclaimed Netflix Original Documentary series from Chef David Chang always is always guaranteed to entertain, with guests Helen Rosner and Chris Ying, Danny McBride, Bill Simmons, and Dave Choe.
The Chef Show - Season 3
Already out in June. Watch the dynamic duo Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi in action in this third tranche of popular Netflix Original. Read more here.
With the arrival of summer ,thoughts naturally turn to the grill. Settle down in front of this inspiring documentary and prepare to embrace BBQ season like never before.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.