If you're confined to your homes this weekend, you know what that means - more time to catch up on your favourite food films and shows!
With that in mind we've rounded up some of the best viewings on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon prime, plus a selection of free online webinars and Skillshare training videos for those hungry for knowledge.
From David Kinch's feel-good film "A chef's voyage" giving all rental proceeds to a charity fund to an in-depth exploration of the world through BBQ and a disturbing look at where eating is dangerous in Hyper Hardboiled Gourmet Report. Some of it's old, some new, take your pick of chosen browsing material while on lockdown!
You can also check out our previous months' suggestions, for February and March, for anything you might have missed.
A Chef's Voyage - Somm TV
Watch Chef David Kinch and his team as they leave their Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos and travel overseas to France to cook collaborative "four hands" dinners with some legendary French chefs at their iconic Michelin-starred restaurants including: Le Taillevent, L’Oustau de Baumanière and Le Petit Nice.
Available until May 2nd on Somm TV. 100% of rental proceeds will be donated to The LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program. Watch the film for a rental donation here.
Hyper Hardboiled Gourmet Report - Netflix
Going for the shock factor - try this Japanese documentary which offers up some serious ethical questions following "people around the world in precarious and dangerous circumstances" where "eating itself is dangerous." From what drug addicts and feuding street gangs eat in LA to a cookery demonstration based on aid supplies illegally sold on the black market in Liberia. This is food viewing through a lens like no other.
A Tale of Two Kitchens - Netflix
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.
Big Night - Netflix
For a lazy Sunday afternoon tuck into this 1996 classic food movie which follows two Italian brothers struggling with a failing restaurant. While there's plenty about food and Italian cuisine it's also a deeper cultural reflection on identity crises that immigrants might encounter upon their arrival in the new homeland.
Cooked with Cannabis - Netflix
Kellis’ new cooking show shakes things up as chefs arrive in the studio to create three-course meals with cannabis as the active ingredient. There are six episodes to get through - easily do-able in one weekend!
Food on the go - Netflix
A fascinating Argentinian documentary looking at the link between food and identity how Italian immigrants to America and Argentina influenced the local food culture by opening restaurants and fruit and veg stalls where the likes of spaghetti with meatballs and standardised carbonara recipes soon followed.
Barbecue - Netflix
Can't wait to fire up the grill this summer, then let this documentary get the creative juices flowing! Director Matthew Salleh travelled to 12 different countries for this documentary to examinee the simple ritual of cooking meat over the flame and its function in our culture. From braai from the black townships of South Africa to Sweden’s portable engangsgrill and split-roasted lechon from the Philippines; this is as in-depth as you can go on cooking over flames.
Uncorked - Netflix
For easy Saturday afternoon entertainment follow the dreams of one man's obsession to become a sommelier in Uncorked.
A globe-trotting documentary exploring the power of Michelin stars from the perspective of chefs like Rene Redzepi through to the powers that be behind Michelin.
Take a trip back into US history with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns’ in this well researched cautionary tale tracing the 18th amendment and the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol and the repeal of prohibition.
Check out free training videos on skillshare. From earning your pasta stripes to nailing the perfect pizza, sit back and learn from the experts before putting your skills into practice.
Or, why not settle down with a free webinar and explore some of the cutting edge topics of the moment dealt with by experts around the world. There are loads of free resources available with videos and slides.
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