Paul Liebrandt on A Matter of Taste

Food Films to Binge while Staying Home

Chef Barry's top picks of culinary industry movies for aspiring chefs and students.

Chef Paul Liebrandt on "A Matter of Taste"

Now that I'm sure all of you have finished watching "Tiger King," here are a few of my favorite culinary documentaries so you can stay inspired during isolation. The films listed feature a cast of chefs and restaurateurs in the industry and depict their journeys through a variety of disciplines and career paths.

Kings of Pastry

This documentary follows the journey of a group of world-class chefs competing for the elite award: Meilleur Ouvrier de France, which is given to the most distinguished craftsmen in the country. This film follows the background, preparation and challenges that ensue during the task of competing for France's most coveted chef award. Watch on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube or On Demand.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi documents the story of one of the world's most respected sushi chefs, Jiro Ono. Located in a Tokyo subway station, his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro earns a prestigious three Michelin stars, denoting a pilgrimage destination for food lovers around the globe. This movie follows the 85-year-old Jiro and depicts his dedication to perfecting his craft. Watch on Netflix or YouTube Movies.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Ono on "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Spinning Plates

A documentary about three restaurants in very different circumstances: Grant Achatz's journey for the ultimate culinary prize at Alinea in Chicago, a rural Iowa restaurant that has been at the center of a community for many generations, and a Tucson eatery where a family is putting it all on the line. Each story has a common theme, connecting people and celebrating the purpose of hospitality. Watch on Amazon or iTunes.

Chef Grant Achatz on Spinning Plates
Chef Grant Achatz on "Spinning Plates"

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

This film follows the unique, talented and passionate chef Paul Liebrandt throughout nearly a decade in New York City. At 24 years of age, Chef Paul earns three stars from The New York Times, and filmmakers follow him on his quest to find the right stage for his creative and unforgettable food. The movie portrays an honest picture of the ups and downs of a career in the restaurant industry and demonstrates the drive needed to succeed among the world's best. Watch on Amazon or iTunes.


A look into the world of fermented foods. Chef Edward Lee delves deep into the history and modern revival of the art of fermentation. This movie looks at the processes behind our favorite fermented foods and the lives that are so deeply connected to the ancient and beautiful craft from around the world. Watch on Apple TV, Google Play or Prime Video.

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