27 Feb 2014

It’s Time for the Strawberry Awards!

It’s Time for the Strawberry Awards!

Categories: Miscellaneous
Okay, it's College Chefs' answer to the Academy Awards: the Strawberries are awarded to our favorite movies about food! The categories are:

Best Food Documentary
Best Animated Movie about Food
Best Drama about Food
Best Comedy about Food
Best Memoir about Food Turned into a Movie 

And the Strawberry for Best Food Documentary goes to Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This 2011 documentary follows 85-year-old sushi chef Jiro Ono in his pursuit of perfecting the art of sushi. His three-star Michelin Guide-rated restaurant is Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. The film also features Jiro's sons who are also sushi chefs. 

The Strawberry for Best Animated Movie about Food is awarded to Ratatouille. Released in 2007, Ratatouille tells the story of French rat Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and his dream to become a famous French chef. With the help of a garbage boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), he may just achieve that dream!

The Strawberry for Best Drama about Food goes to Big Night. Set in New Jersey in the 1950s, this 1996 film is about how an authentic Italian restaurant is preparing for, well, a big night that just might save the business. Primo (Tony Shaloub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are brothers who want their restaurant The Paradise to succeed. By not Americanizing their food or Primo's attitude toward customers, The Paradise is on a road to ruin. By teaming up with another restaurateur, Pascal (Ian Holm), the brothers are offered a second chance to make an impression. 

The Strawberry for Best Comedy about Food is presented to Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. This 2004 comedy classic is all about Harold (Kal Penn) and Kumar's (John Cho) quest to get to White Castle. But hilarity ensues along the way! Neil Patrick Harris plays a fictionalized, yet super funny, version of himself.

Finally, the Strawberry for Best Memoir about Food Turned into a Movie goes to Julie & Julia. This 2009 film is actually based on two memoirs: Julie & Julie by Julie Powell and Julia Child's My Life in France. Julie is working her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 2004 (while blogging about it). Julia is attending Le Cordon Bleu in the 1950s. The film tells both of their stories, including the challenges each faces in her particular time and place.

So, what movies do you think deserve the Strawberry Awards? Let us know in the comments!

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