We are currently living in the Golden Age of Food Entertainment. Every month, the networks and major streaming services get a handful of new shows and movies about chefs, restaurants, and the ways people eat around the world. Take a look at what’s new to stream in January right here, and check out Eater’s full guide to food TV and movies at the bottom of this post. (And if you’re always looking for more streaming recommendations, do check out Eater’s newsletter Eat, Drink, Watch., which delivers pop culture editor Greg Morabito’s picks and entertainment news every Friday.)
Netflix, January 5
This six-part documentary series explores corruption in the food industry. One episode focuses on inequality in the mass-market poultry business, while another shines a light on fraud in the world of honey manufacturing. The trailer makes this series look something like the food world’sFahrenheit 9/11. Anthony Bourdain’s frequent collaborators at Zero Point Zero Production are behind Rotten. Last year, the team also released Wasted, a compelling documentary about the global food waste problem and what chefs and activists around the world are doing to curb it.
Netflix, January 12
Everybody Loves Raymond’s co-creator Phil Rosenthal eats his way through some of the best food cities of the world, making friends and cracking jokes at every stop on his journey. Rosenthal and his crew won a James Beard Award for the previous iteration of this show, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, which aired on PBS a few years ago. Over the six episodes of his Netflix debut, the writer/comedian and his pals sample local delicacies in New Orleans, Mexico City, Saigon,, Lisbon, Bangkok, and Tel Aviv.
Hulu, January 18
Rock Baijnauth’s 2015 documentary focuses on the World Barista Competition, an event where some of the coffee industry’s hottest espresso-pullers compete in three different categories. As the trailer indicates, the challenges are largely about precision, although creativity does come into play, particularly in the “signature drink” category. Barista didn’t make too much of a splash when it was released two years ago, but the few critics that caught this movie liked it quite a bit. Perhaps it will finally find its audience on Hulu.