There are plenty of food-themed films that have been made, but not all of them have garnered rave reviews from the critics. Although the movies included on this list were selected purely on the basis of personal taste (pun intended) all of them have been labeled “Certified Fresh” by the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here are five films that mix good food with great performances and stories, listed in order of their critical reviews, from worst to best.
5. Chef (2014)
While Jon Favreau is best known for directing big-budget action films like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens, he took a break from his usual directing fare to helm this labor of love about a chef rediscovering his passion for cooking after being fired from a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. Foodies will appreciate the tasty Cubanos that chef Carl Casper creates at his new job in a food truck.
Besides directing and producing the film, Favreau also plays the main character, Carl Casper. The film costars Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., Amy Sedaris, and Emjay Anthony. Chef was well received by most critics and currently has an 88 percent “Certified Fresh” rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. The film was also a commercial hit, with a total worldwide gross of more than $39 million, according to Box Office Mojo.