Updated: June 1, 2022

If you are passionate about food, wine or spirits, we are confident that you will want to watch all of the films mentioned in this curated collection of food documentaries currently available on Hulu.

Even if your passion for food is waning, these stories will inspire you, while piquing your interest into a wide-range of culinary topics, endeavors and trades that these documentaries encompass.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, a common theme in all of these films is passion that is tied to dedication that approaches a healthy obsession. We like to think of these stores as all being labors of love from which we can all learn. Enjoy!

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The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm - Official Trailer

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the adventures of documentarian John Chester, his wife Molly and their loyal dog Todd over an eight year period that begins with their decision to leave their small L.A. apartment to start a new, bold and idealistic life centered on a holistic approach to farming. As can be expected, many daunting challenges await them throughout their journey. Yes, John and Molly come at this with extremely lofty goals, but their verve, storytelling and cinematography skills make for a highly inspiring account.

Themes: Farming, Small Farms, Documentaries

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Chef Flynn

Chef Flynn – Official Trailer

Chef Flynn is the story of how 10-year-old culinary prodigy, Flynn McGarry, creates his self-fulfilling prophecy to become a professional chef and how his supportive mother, Meg, helped him realize his enormous potential. Fortunately, she documented his culinary development during his early years, every step along the way. Though McGarry’s talent is evident and his recognition warranted, the biggest challenge he faces is continuing to forge his way in an industry often hostile towards youth, especially talented youth upon which the media can’t control their adulation.

Themes: Culinary Training, Celebrity Chefs, Restaurant Business

Note: Chef Flynn is currently unavailable to stream on Hulu as of April 1, 2022

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Constructing Albert

Constructing Albert | Official HD Trailer (2018) | Documentary | Film Threat Trailers

Constructing Albert is the follow-up story of Albert Adrià, the younger, lesser known, unsung brother of world-renown chef Ferran Adrià, who led the revolutionary restaurant elBulli. This documentary shines a light on Albert, a previously hidden culinary genius, and his highly ambitious plans to create a “gastronomic mile”, a collection of eclectic, highly imaginative restaurants from Albert’s unique creative palette.

Themes: Culinary Training, Celebrity Chefs, Restaurant Business, Spain

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The Donut King

The Donut King | Official Trailer

The Donut King is the story of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in the US in 1975, after having fled the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Ngoy (AKA The Donut King) went on to build a multi-million dollar donut empire that not even Dunkin Donuts could topple. Ngoy fueled the growth of his business by sponsoring hundreds of visas for other Cambodian refugees and teaching them the intricacies of the donut business. Unfortunately, his story does not end there, as he struggled with success that toppled his life.

Themes: Immigrant Story, Entrepreneurship, Donuts, Restaurant Business, Redemption, Cambodia

Note: The Donut King is currently unavailable to stream on Hulu as of June 1, 2022

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Honeyland

Honeyland [Official Trailer] – In Theaters July 26, 2019

Honeyland chronicles the life of Hatidze, who lives with her ailing mother in Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. Her approach to sustainable honey harvesting can be summed up as: “Half for me, half for them”. The filming took over three years, plus an additional year for editing. Viewers tend to adore this movie!

Themes: Honey, Sustainable Farming, Documentaries, Macedonia

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Neat: The Story of Bourbon

NEAT: The Story of Bourbon (Official Trailer)

Neat is a celebration of the artistry that makes America’s only native spirit, exploring the colorful history of bourbon and its far reaching cultural impact. Here are a few choice “tastes” from the film:

  • “Bourbon is history in a glass”.
  • “Bourbon heritage is American heritage. Every phase of American history is reflected through Bourbon history”.
  • “There is more innovation ahead of us than behind us”.

Themes: Farming, Small Farms, Documentaries

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Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles - Official Trailer | HD | IFC Films

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles shows what transpires when an immensely talented pastry chef gets invited to produce a once-in-a-lifetime culinary gala at the Met in NYC. Celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi accepts the challenge by assembling a star-studded team of the world’s most innovative pastry chefs to showcase visually stunning cakes inspired by Versailles. One observer fittingly opined: “Some of the pastry chefs are making things that you cannot even believe that it’s food”

Themes: Pastries, Celebrity Chefs, France, Documentaries

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Ramen Heads

Ramen Heads Official US Trailer

Ramen Heads features legendary Japanese chef Osamu Tomita, AKA “Ramen King”, as he opens his kitchen along with five other prestigious ramen shops to share recipes and trade secrets. The film is a beautifully simple homage to noodle and broth and all of the philosophy and flavor that goes into making the soupy dish. Tomita’s approach can be summed up by this quote: “If you’re not a ramen head yourself, you can’t possibly satisfy other ramen heads”

Themes: Ramen, Restaurant Business, Japan, Documentaries

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Scotch: A Golden Dream

Scotch: A Golden Dream (2019) | Official Trailer HD

Scotch tells the story of Uisge beatha (ish-ka ba-ha) – Gaelic for “water of life” and portrays why Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice for more than a century. The film showcases stunning Scottish landscapes, while romantically exploring the artistic and scientific history and process that goes into this magical spirit. One interviewee aptly states: “It’s just a drink, but it’s a very, very special drink”.

Themes: Whisky, Scotland, Documentaries

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Somm

SOMM - Official Trailer

Somm chronicles the aspirations of four ambitious sommeliers who are attempting to pass the prestigious and massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The exam is also referred to as “the most difficult test you’ve never heard of”. The film sheds light on The Court of Master Sommeliers, which is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception in 1977, fewer than 175 candidates have reached the exalted Master level.

Themes: Wine, Restaurant Business, Documentaries

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