Food & Fitness movies you should be watching this summer
Usually we would write a book review in this part of the magazine, but it’s the summer! And what happens during a long hot Dubai summer? A lot of us take to our sofa’s and catch up on movies etc. Before digital TV it would have been box sets or dodgy DVD’s delivered to the door in suitcases (if you’ve lived in Dubai long enough you know what I mean!). But we don’t want to encourage anything shady, and after all, we now have Netflix bringing the latest shows to our sofa so we can sit back, relax and hopefully be inspired.
Here’s some of our top picks for the foodies!
If you love Chefs, Ingredients and Restaurant Stories
Editors Pick ~ Theatre of Life
Follows Massimo Bottura as he opens a soup kitchen to cook gourmet meals for the needy from food wastage at the 2015 Milano Expo. We found this really heart warming, it’s as much about the characters who visit the food kitchen as it is the food and the chefs involved in the Theatre of Life. Very thought provoking as well as inspiring.
Others you will like
Chef’s Table Season 3
Chef’s Table features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion for their piece of culinary heaven. With two seasons to indulge in, visit the kitchens of renowned chefs from South Korea, Russia, Berlin, Peru, New York, Los Angeles, and others.
FEM Watches : There are 3 Seasons of Chef’s Table each with six episodes. Our top picks Massimo Bottura (Season 1), Gaggan Anand who we met earlier this year at his Dubai pop up (Season 2) and Nancy Silverton whose story left me smiling all the way through, would love to meet her sometime (Season 3).
Chef’s Table: France
Audiences are invited back to take another globe-trot in Chef’s Table: France, where the series will showcase the crème de la crème of French chefs; talking about what inspires them and how it translates into their individual styles. The filmmakers embark on a personal look into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, from their diverse backgrounds to the evolution and craft of their chosen cuisine as well as their quests for sensory perfection.
Raja, Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyaan
Explore the food habits of the Maharajas and delve into the royal kitchens of India! This series explores the history behind the cuisine of the Indian royals, showing you how dishes were discovered, and the events that influenced culinary practices across different parts of the country. The show also features a combination of recipes using local herbs, rare fowls and elaborate preparation methods.
The Mind of a Chef
Chef David Chang, along with his friends, explore, explain and enjoy food from around the world combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor in a weekly series about everyone’s favorite topic — food. Each season brings with it a new host as well as fresh and exciting recipes. The series is narrated by chef Anthony Bourdain.
Tag along on a gourmet road trip looking for the best steak in the world. Breeders, farmers, butchers, cooks, historians and business men all around the world (from France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Brazil) help us understand the (r)evolution taking place when it comes to steak and the challenges ahead.
FEM Says : This brought back fond memories of an event at Ritz Carlton DIFC a few years ago, when we sat in the butchery department as a Butcher and Chef discussed best cuts of meat, how to cut them, how to cook them. A spirited debate occurred over steak tartare – with or without seasoning etc. in the end both suggestions were served to us, a tiny portion of unseasoned from the butcher and a large portion of the seasoned from the chef. Chef’s version won hands down!
As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer and bestselling author Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. The series examines the primal human need to cook and issues a clarion call for a return to the kitchen in order to reclaim lost traditions and restore balance to our lives. Each of the series’ four episodes examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages to transform raw ingredients into delicious dishes through cooking: fire, water, air, and earth.
FITNESS / TRAVEL INSPIRATION
Losing Sight of Shore
This documentary recounts the feats of the Coxless Crew, a team of four women who rowed from San Fransisco to Australia in support of two charities.
Debbie says – arm chair, or should we say sofa inspiration at it’s best. The mental and physical strength and determination of this group of ladies is really inspiring.
From Fat to Finish Line
Need a bit of a virtual kick or some motivation to get moving? Then From fat to Finish Line could be for you! A dozen obese men and women change their lives when they each commit to shedding a hundred pounds and competing a 200-mile relay run together.
Debbie says – I was glued to the sofa watching this one. A story that inspired me so much, to make changes to the way that I eat and exercise. It didn’t make me want to put my shoes back on and run (I did a few half marathons before and didn’t enjoy them), but it reminded me what can be achieved with determination and a support network.
[Images courtesy of Netflix]