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50 Shows And Movies About International Food And Travel
We all miss international traveling and exploring new restaurants and cuisine. As we move into year 2 of the global pandemic, we’re re-watching some of our favorite movies and TV shows to help relive the memories.
If you’re in need of some new wanderlust inspiration, here are 50 shows and movies dedicated to food and travel.
1. Taco Chronicles
Taco Chronicles explores every type of taco-style and its origin. The host travels far and wide for a mouth-watering food adventure.
3. The Final Table
The Final Table is one of the best culinary competitions around. Chefs from around the world including Mexico, Spain, England, Japan, and India— create their adaptation of another country’s national meal.
4. Ugly Delicious
David Chang’s Ugly Delicious, take us on a journey around the world to check out culinary hot spots. Along the way, he is joined by writers, activists, artists, and other chefs who discover restaurants in Houston, Tokyo, Copenhagen, and more.
5. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
This documentary focuses on Jeremiah Tower, as it profiles his career and life as one of the inventors of a revolutionary new American cuisine.
7. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
Actor Zac Efron goes on a world tour with wellness expert Darin Olien to find healthy, sustainable ways to live. Along the way on Down to Earth, he adapts to new cultures and traditions.
8. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
Gordon Ramsay takes adventure to a new level in “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.” He takes his talents on the road and travels around the world meeting with indigenous people to learn about their foods and cultures. In return, he takes a spin on classic dishes and serves a feast to the native people as a “Thank You.”
9. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
Hosts of The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin, travel across mountains and along coasts, to find unique properties.
10. Travel Man
Richard Ayoade is the Travel Man. He tries to visit all the top tourist attractions in various cities in a 48-hour period.
Each episode of Cooked will focus on a different natural element, while exploring both ancient and modern cooking methods.
12. Making Perfect
Making Perfect focuses on one dish each season with the goal of making the dish perfect. Bon Appétit’s test kitchen staff works together to create the perfect pizza in season one.
13. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
Legends in the culinary world, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin prepare meals in their own cooking style on Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home.
14. Iron Chef
Iron Chef is a culinary competition show with competitors from all around the globe. They compete in a kitchen stadium using a “secret ingredient,” that each chef must incorporate.
16. Behind the Food
Behind the Food is a behind-the-scenes look at how some of our favorite food is made. They travel to different food factories around the U.S to see how hot sauce, tofu, and even hot dogs are made.
17. The Big Family Cooking Showdown
The Big Family Cooking Showdown focuses on Britain’s best home cooks, with help from their family members. They serve up delicious dishes while vying for the chance to be crowned the best home cook in Britain.
19. Cooked With Cannabis
Hosted by artist Kelis, Cooked with Cannabis is a series on Netflix where chefs compete to get the hosts and special guests elevated with cannabis cuisine.
20. Somebody Feed Phil
Philip Rosenthal, the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” takes viewers on a food tour of the world. On Somebody Feed Phil, he is joined by friends and family while he visits popular cities like Tel Aviv, Mexico City, New Orleans, and Bangkok.
21. Under the Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun is a movie about a woman who learns her husband is unfaithful. She decides to take a tour of Italy after being encouraged by her best friend. Impulsively, she purchases a rural Tuscan villa and starts a new life.
22. The Bucket List
In The Bucket List, a billionaire and car mechanic who start out as complete strangers, set out on the adventure of a lifetime to fulfill their bucket list.
23. Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love is the ultimate travel movie. A newly divorced woman goes on a self-discovery journey that takes her to Italy, India, and Bali.
24. Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine is the story of a semi-dysfunctional family piling into a van for a road trip across America to support a young girl in her first Little Miss Sunshine pageant.
25. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Ever wondered about your next move after you retire? Well, in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel three British retirees decide to spend their retirement in India after being lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel.
26. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort. It is also the story of a concierge and everything he comes across while working at the ski resort.
Be a part of James Bond’s adventure from the States to Mexico City to Rome in the latest bond series, Spectre.
29. Dark Tourist
In Dark Tourist, journalist David Farrier focuses on unpopular areas of travel, known as dark tourism. From death-worshipping cults in Mexico to tracking radiation left behind in Fukushima and even meeting vampires in New Orleans, he explores the unexplored.
30. Samantha Brown’s Places To Love
Samantha Brown travels from sea to sea in her series Place To Love. She explores the emotional aspect of travel and the people who change, challenge, and strengthen a destination.
31. National Lampoon’s Vacation
National Lampoon’s Vacation is a comedy about a cross-country road trip, one that is unlike the average road trip.
33. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a movie based on winter and holiday travel and the unexcepted delays it can bring.
34. The Beach
The Beach id centered around a young, American backpacker who goes to Thailand with adventure on the brain. However, things don’t go as planned.
35. The Terminal
What would you do if you were stuck in JFK Airport until the war in your country ended? Well, in the movie The Terminal that is exactly what happens.
36. Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation features two Strangers in Thailand exploring the city looking for an escape.
37. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky Cristina Barcelona follows a group of friends who explore Barcelona’s art, food and more…lots more.
39. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty taps into the life of Walter Mitty, publisher of Life magazine. He finally gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a journey to get the perfect photo for the final print issue.
After the loss of her mother, a woman with no outdoor experience, decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the WILD –– one of the country’s longest and toughest trails.
41. The Flight Attendant
42. The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour is a television series where the hosts travel the world to try things others have never tried, like becoming special forces soldiers at a secret training base, taking a powerful car on a test track, and going on the traditional gentleman’s tour of Italy.
43. Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown is a docu-series showcasing his travels to places most of us have never heard of before.
44. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Host Guy Fieri takes a cross-country road trip to hunt out some of the best restaurants in America, whether it be Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
45. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern, a chef and food critic, searches for unusual regional delicacies on Bizarre Foods.
46. Booze Traveler
Host Jack Maxwell, the Booze Traveler, finds unique drinks around the globe, while making friends and sharing stories along the way.
47. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
Comic Jack Whitehall and his father don’t have much in common. On Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Jack invites Michael to go with him on a trip through Southeast Asia in an attempt to strengthen their bond and find something in common.
48. The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race features 11 globe-traveling teams competing for the $1 million prize as they go head-to-head in challenges.
49. House Hunters International
Looking to buy a home overseas? Well, check out the spinoff of HGTV’s popular House Hunters, House Hunters International.
50. Emily In Paris
When a Chicago marketing expert is asked by her company to visit their Paris branch, she quickly learns she needs to adapt to French living. Emily In Paris is currently streaming on Netflix.