People love food. And travel. And movies. This list brings together all three of these loves in one spot. Keep reading to find more movies that will get your mouth watering and your feet wandering.
Chef is the ideal cinematic experience for the food traveler. In it, burnt out Chef Carl Caspar (Jon Favreau) is fired from his restaurant and, as a last resort, opens a food truck where he prepares perfect tacos. While driving across the United States with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and son to sell their food, the Chef connects with his son over the diversity of American fare. They savor beignets in New Orleans, brisket in Texas, and cubanos in Miami. From coast to coast, the movie is infused with a passion for food and creativity, as well as joy and love in family.
One of the sweetest movies about food travel, Ratatouille, features an unlikely chef, Remy the country rat. Remy leaves his small town and, by chance, lands in the kitchens of Paris's once-great restaurant Gusteau's, which has lost its stars (a nod to the famous Michelin stars). Remy finds an unlikely ally in the scullery boy named Linguini and, together, they whip up magical dishes that converts the restaurant into the hottest dining destination in the city, which even pleases the town's severest restaurant critic.
This beautiful movie will leave you hungry for the peasant food of Provence and the fine dining of Paris. The restaurant shows that, "Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere."
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita de la Garza (Lumi Cavazos) was born on the kitchen table in her home in rural Mexico, tying her life, heart, and soul to the kitchen. Her emotions play into her food. Quail with rose petals sent by the man Tita loves makes men and women fall into passionate frenzies, and a wedding cake infected with Tita's bitter tears makes people nauseous. This gorgeous movie combines superstition, magic, food, travel, and love into one compelling tale.
Chocolat looks so good it will make your mouth water. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter Anouk are wanderers, drifting across Europe, and spreading their love of chocolate and food. They arrive in a small traditional French village where the Comte (Alfred Molina) proclaims that Vianne's chocolates are a sin. Nonetheless, Vianne soon makes inroads in the community, establishing friendships, protecting an abused wife from her husband, and, eventually, falling in love with a nomadic gypsy named Roux (Johnny Depp.) The food is decadent, the scenery gorgeous, and both Vianne's and Roux's itchy feet will get your feet moving to the nearest French patisserie.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
One of the most popular food travel movies is Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) leaves the safe confines of her New York City life on a journey of self-fulfillment in Italy, India, and Indonesia. In particular, she eats her way through Italy, with a memorable pizza stop at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, where she says, "I’m in love. I’m having a relationship with my pizza." Though I wasn't a fan of the story and its self-absorbed main character, there's no doubt that the gorgeous cinematography and focus on food will leave you with a serious case of foodie wanderlust.