The 5 Best Food and Drink Documentaries on Netflix

Netflix is full of great movies, shows, and documentaries. I watch them so you don't have to. This time, I'm highlighting the best ...

Netflix is full of great movies, shows, and documentaries. I watch them so you don't have to. This time, I'm highlighting the best food and drink documentaries on Netflix. By food and drink I mean documentaries that spotlight the art of cooking and creating a memorable dining experience. Bon Appetit!

Somm, Netflix, Netflix documentary

1. Somm - Imagine trying to prepare for a rigorous exam where 90% of the students who take it fail? That's exactly what four candidates attempt to do in this highly engaging and gripping documentary about the Master Sommelier examination. Their study methods involve everything from obsessively hoarding flashcards, color coding maps of wine regions, and quizzing each other over Skype while everyone else's is sound asleep.

Spinning Plates, Netflix documentary, food documentary

2. Spinning Plates - Three stories focus on the tremendous effort and unrelenting passion that it takes to run a restaurant. One story focuses on a chef running the seventh best restaurant in the world while fighting a life-threatening illness. Another story focuses on a legacy restaurant that struggles after 150 years of providing their community with meals prepared with love. The last tale recounts the story of two parents of an infant daughter who run a Mexican restaurant that's about to go under. Each story brings a touch of reality, inspiration, and authenticity to the life of a restauranteur.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Netflix Documentary, Food documentary

3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old sushi expert who owns a Michelin three-star restaurant. His restaurant only seats 10 people at a time and is located in Tokyo. As a lover of sushi, it was such a treat to watch a sushi master do what he does best. Who knew a family legacy business could be so captivating. A meal there costs just under $240 and features 20 courses and why haven't I been there yet?

Chef's Table, Netflix Documentary, Food Documentary

4. Chef's Table - Netflix is killing it with their original programming, especially this series documentary. Every episode features a profile on a world-renowned chef. The cinematography is incredible and the foods presented make you wish you could just reach through the screen and grab them. The series shines in its portrayal of the chef's passion and distinctive way they view their culinary fixation.

Kings of Pastry, Netflix Documentary, Food Documentary

5. Kings of Pastry - French pastry chefs compete to win France's most coveted pastry award, the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, awarded by French President Niclas Sarkozy. The competition for this specific year involves the chef's creating a wedding cake and an exhaustive dessert collection to be a part of a wedding buffet. High-pressure stakes take out more than one competitor. It's an intense film about pastry and is a must-watch.

Have you watched any of these Netflix food and drink documentaries? What did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations of your own? I'd love to know in the comments below.

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  1. I've heard sooo many good things about SOM! I really need to watch it on the weekend asap! :)

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