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Four great foodie films in this new box set of culinary masterpieces :

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven

From the award-winning director of Page One: Inside The New York Times & Eat This New York

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven is an intimate portrait of Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni and his three sons - Mauro, Marco and Mario - to whom he will one day leave his formidable cultural and culinary legacy. Director Andrew Rossi not only gains unbelievable access to the larger-than-life Maccioni family but also catches the family at a dramatic transition: the closing of Le Cirque in 2004, its celebrated re-opening two years later followed by the nerve-wracking wait for New York's restaurant critics to weigh in on their new incarnation.

Kings of Pastry

Filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (Dont Look Back and The War Room) secured exclusive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), France's Nobel Prize for pastry. During the grueling competition, chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges, whose critical palates evaluate their elaborate pastries. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition - passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy - in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

{Official Competition, SXSW Film Festival 2011}
{Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011}
{Spotlight Premiere, Tribeca Film Festival, 2011}
{WINNER! 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards - Best Special/Documentary - Television or Video Webcast}

A Matter of Taste takes an intimate look inside the world of an immensely talented and driven young chef, Paul Liebrandt. At 24, he was awarded three stars by The New York Times for unforgettable and hyper-modern dishes such as "eel, violets and chocolate," "espuma of calf brains and foie gras," and "beer and truffle soup." Conversely, Gourmet critic Jonathan Gold called Paul's food "the result of a failed science experiment." He soon became a chef critics loved or loved to hate.

The film follows Paul over a decade and reveals his creative process in the kitchen, as well as the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a successful culinary artist in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine in New York City. Featuring an A-List of culinary luminaries including Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal, Frank Bruni, Mike Colameco, William Grimes, Thomas Keller, Drew Nierporent and Eric Ripert, A Matter of Taste explores the complicated relationships between food critics, chefs and restaurant owners as it delves into the life of an uncompromising, thought provoking, young chef ahead of his time.

Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef

Guy Martin is the chef of Le Grand Véfour, the legendary Michelin 3-star Parisian restaurant. As a kid, he dreamed of being a doctor or a rock star. First trained in a pizzeria, 20 years later he is one of the best chefs in the world, with dozens of awards and restaurants in four countries.

Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef reveals Martin's philosophy of cooking, which ranges from resolutely traditional to savagely creative. It brings to life the sources of his inspiration, from his childhood in the rugged Savoy region, to his appreciation of France's historical supremacy in food, to his surprising and open-minded curiosity. For Martin, everything always is to be discovered. Nothing is ever finished. The cooking is to be reinvented every day. By drawing from past, he reinvents the present.

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For Kings of Pastry "Critic's Pick! Alluring & irresistible! Everything looks so mouthwatering that no one should dare watch this film on even a half-empty stomach!" --Los Angeles Times

For A Matter of Taste "A gastronomic thriller! Part Rocky, part Kitchen Confidential." --Wall Street Journal

For Le Cirque "Terrific access! Maccioni is a delight to watch. It makes for great theater." --The New York Times

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