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Food Porn on Film

#NZbloggers are hosting a weekly blog post challenge. This week’s theme is FILM and you can check out other posts on this theme here.


If you have a little nosey around this blog, you may have noticed I’m a bit of a film junkie. I love lots of genres but food and cooking films are up there.

While there are many lists of great film food and cooking scenes, many are outdated. So here is my curated list of some pivitol food scenes from recent cooking films so as well as suggestions for local dining.

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Chef

2014

A movie about a food truck, the grilled cheese sandwich scene is some sizzling hot food porn. Don’t watch Chef on an empty stomach and figure out if there is a source of Cuban sandwiches in your local BEFORE you watch the movie. That way you can run, not walk to porky, cheesy goodness.

Chef best food porn scenes:

  • Grilled cheese
  • Opening scene
  • How to make a Cubano scene

Pair this movie with your own 3 cheese grilled sandwich at home, or have a Cubano with pulled pork shoulder, swiss cheese, pickles, habanero mustard, stewed apple from Miss Clawdy. Make sure you get a side of their chunky fries with blackened aioli. Good for sharing and better for not sharing.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014

A story about a concierge and a lobby boy at a famous hotel. The key foodie scenes are at Mendl’s Patisserie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel best food porn scene:

  • How to make Mendl’s Courtesan Au Chocolat

Pair this movie with dessert from somewhere amazing like Milse or at any of Brian Campbell’s Sweet Cuisine pop ups (or upcoming shop).

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

2014

Set in a small village in France, an Indian family moves in and sets up a shop across the road from an established Michelin-star restaurant. There are many delicious food scenes but the climax would be the sensual (yet not romantic) omelette scene.

The Hundred-Foot Journey best food porn scenes:

  • When Marguerite feeds the family for the first time
  • When Hassan makes sauces for Marguerite to try
  • The omelette scene

Another one of my favourite scenes, when the protagonist Hassan shows his crush and French chef Marguerite that he too can cook classic French.

Pair this movie with a multi-course meal at contemporary Indian fusion restaurant Cassia. No contest.

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The Lunchbox

2013

Set in the bustling city of Mumbai, a lunch gets delivered to the wrong person and connects two lonely people through food. Each lunch is comprised of various dishes and there are many satisfying cooking scenes which can be sensual as everything is made by hand, from scratch and with love.

The Lunchbox best food porn scenes:

  • Any of Ila’s home cooking scenes

Pair this movie with dinner at iVillage at Victoria.

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All images used are copyright of their respective production houses and used here under review and fair use.

7 Comments

  1. OMG first Milse and now Sweet Cuisine… I think I might have to uproot the family and move to Auckland!

    (Awesome post!)

  2. Great post Genie! Now I can track down two foodie flicks that I wasn’t aware of (Hundred Foot Journey, and Lunchbox). My all time favourite food film has to be Babette’s Feast – such an interesting contrast between the austerity of the environment and the opulence of the food.

  3. I love this post! I watched Chef on the plane recently and I was literally drooling! Will definitely have to check out The Lunchbox and oh, the Courtesan Au Chocolat looks heavenly…! Have you ever tried to make one?

  4. And one of the great oldies: Like Water For Chocolate, and I think Babette’s Feast. Those were great food porn films. And Chocolat with Johnny Depp. 🙂

  5. Tampopo is one ofthe best food porn movies ever, especially for ramen lovers. It’s been donkeys years since I saw it, but I’m sure there was a kissing scene with an egg yolk being passed back and forth between mouths of a young couple.

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