Netflix is constantly adding content of all genres to its library, but I’ve noticed a strong influx of incredible food and wine documentaries lately. Through my travels I’ve come to appreciate the passion that goes into every aspect of a delicious dish and a great glass of wine. The following five films do an excellent job of displaying that passion to the masses.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of how Jiro Ono became owner of the most prestigious sushi restaurant in the world. Viewers get a glimpse into what makes Ono a great chef and restaurant owner: excellence in every aspect of his life. Jiro demands excellence from himself and anyone who has a part in helping to create his dish, all the way down to the vendors at various markets across Tokyo. The documentary follows Ono as he goes about his daily life with military style precision to create the perfect sushi dish. His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, has been awarded 3 Michelin Guide stars despite being in a basement and having 10 seats.
Somm is by far the most captivating wine documentary I have ever watched. The film sheds light on the most prestigious title in the wine industry, Master Sommelier, and the test that one must pass to earn that title. Experts and current Master Sommeliers are interviewed as the main subjects of the film go through the rigors of the test. This is a must see, regardless of if you have a wine cellar or drink wine from a box.
Kings of Pastry (2009)
Did you ever wonder who comes up with the creative desserts you typically see at fine dining restaurants? Kings of Pastry focuses on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), which is France’s top pastry prize that takes place every four years. The storytelling done by the filmmakers creates drama that you would never expect from a documentary about desserts.
Three Stars (2010)
Michelin Guide’s Three Star Award is arguably the most coveted award in the restaurant world. Three Stars focuses on the amount of work and expertise that goes into three star restaurants. I’ve always been a fan of fine dining, but after this documentary I have the utmost respect for the owners of the restaurants who are able to achieve such a great honor.
A Year in Burgundy (2013)
Winemaking is is an art that has existed for hundreds of years, and in Burgundy, it is a family affair. Follow a number of winemakers in A Year in Burgundy to get a better understanding of what exactly goes into making a great wine. The passion that these people have for wine is what makes this documentary so interesting. Regardless of your take on wine, this documentary will suck you in and keep you wishing for more years in Burgundy.