Food on screen: From French classics to favourite snacks

A new documentary about cook and author Julia Child is being released in cinemas in November.
A new documentary about cook and author Julia Child is being released in cinemas in November. Photo: Supplied

Perhaps reflecting the many months we've all spent cooking and watching TV to pass the time, the kitchen is set to hit screens big and small in several new productions.

Documentary Julia tells the story of one of the 20th century's most famous cooks and authors, Julia Child, using archival footage and photographs interspersed with of-the-moment food cinematography portraying dishes from Child's opus, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Published in 1961, when Child was 50, the cookbook launched her career as a proto-celebrity chef.

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who also made RBG, the documentary about US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Julia features interviews with big food names such as Ruth Reichl, Jacques Pepin and Jose Andres. It launches at select cinemas in capital cities in early November.

At the other end of the cooking spectrum is Snackmasters, which tasks high-profile chefs with recreating items such as Drumsticks, Twisties, chocolate bars and more.

Hosted by Melbourne chef Scott Pickett and television star Poh Ling Yeow, the show follows chefs working against the clock to recreate snack foods before they present them to a panel featuring representatives from the food manufacturers themselves. It's based on a BAFTA award-nominated British program format. Australia's Snackmasters debuts on Channel 9 in late 2021.

The Good Food names you know and love are coming to your screen in the brand-new Good Food Kitchen series. Adam Liaw, Katrina Meynink and Jill Dupleix are joined by chefs Danielle Alvarez of Fred's in Sydney, Three Blue Ducks' Mark LaBrooy, Mark Best and Nomad's Jacqui Challinor to show viewers everything from perfect scrambled eggs to easy entertaining dishes like lamb shoulder. The first episode airs on Channel 9 at 1pm on Saturday, October 9.

Snackmasters hosts Scott Pickett and Poh Ling Yeow.
Snackmasters hosts Scott Pickett and Poh Ling Yeow. Photo: Jessica Hromas

Chef Out West takes you on a hunger-inducing tour of Melbourne's western suburbs, calling in at Konjo Cafe, which serves Ethiopian dishes, Charlie's Pizza in Footscray and Chinese diner Chi Bao in Yarraville to speak to the chefs behind these establishments.

In each micro-episode, you'll hear about how they got to where they are today and what food means to them and their customers. It's super binge-able and you'll have a long list of restaurants to visit when things open up. All six four-minute episodes are on SBS On Demand.

And of course, if you still haven't had a chuckle at Cooking with Paris starring Paris Hilton, it's streaming on Netflix.