Just like the rise in amateur music and film criticism has changed the dynamic of how people consume popular culture, restaurant and fine dining bloggers have forever altered how people eat out. If the famed Michelin Star rating system remains the gold standard for the industry, the intrepid world travellers in Henrik Stockare, Thomas Jackson, and Charlotte Landelius’s documentary aren’t far behind. Some have more qualifications than others. Some are independently wealthy, while others have worked hard to achieve a proper comfort level so they can indulge in some of the world’s most expensive haute cuisine. But they all share a unique passion for food despite their different tastes and backgrounds that have made them fresh, new voices for an increasingly democratized community of refined palates.

Foodies, despite understandably having some gorgeously photographed dishes, is an outright bore; punishingly overlong and lacking in focus. None of the bloggers being profiled, with the exception of Andy Hayler, are particularly dynamic, making their expeditions come across like The Trip with a distinct lack of charisma, personality, or much needed levity. It’s a privileged perspective – something the chefs being interviewed often note – that never gets to the heart of why any of it matters.

Sure, everyone eats, and everyone loves good food. That’s universal. But for a film about food to succeed, there has to be some sort of personal investment. Foodies is nothing more than 94 languorous minutes of watching people eat and very little about their process or personalities. It’s as fun as sitting in front of an oven to watch a turkey bake, and a lot more indulgent.