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  • Actors: Michel Gurard
  • Directors: Paul Lacoste
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 1-2-3-4 GO
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DYKW7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Michel Guérard was one of the inventors of Nouvelle Cuisine, shaking up our habits in taste. Forty years later, his desire to "make food as a songbird sings" seems just as strong!

It's not surprising that Guérard has remained a role model for new generations of chefs. To highlight the freedom of his cuisine, inspired by the everyday as well as what's unique about it, Paul Lacoste has chosen to have four amateurs make four of Guérard's recipes. Their experiences show us that, if cuisine is (almost) child's play, it also requires an element of genius.

A UNIQUE DVD COLLECTION ON FRENCH CULINARY ART FEATURES IN-DEPTH PORTRAITS OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CHEFS , WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Review

Television is awash in food these days, most of it utterly forgettable, at best (I'm still
having flashbacks from having accidentally watched five minutes of "The Chew"). Want
to see what food on film could really be like? Check out this series of French
documentaries. There are nine of them so far, each focusing on a different three-star
chef, and they are absolutely splendid - maybe the best food programs that have ever
been made.

In fact, to call them "food television" is to miss their point. On these videos there is no
shouting, no contrived competition, actually, not even any outsized personalities,
despite the fact that the stars are some of the best, most creative chefs on the planet.
At their cores, these videos by director Paul Cotat are 1-hour mediations on creativity
and imagination, with food being the common medium. If that sounds lofty and
intellectual, well, so be it. But that doesn't mean that the shows aren't also a lot of fun,
albeit in a quiet, contemplative way.

Each documentary is different in theme and in tone, varying with the chef. Michel Bras
walks the stark landscape around his restaurant in Laguiole commenting on the
interplay of light and shadow and suddenly his highly abstract plating comes into focus.
Alain Passard contemplates the simple beauty of a roasted onion. Michel Troisgros
emerges as an almost tragic figure as he repeatedly tries to reinvent dishes made
famous by his pioneering father and uncle. Cotat visits Italian Nadia Santini (the only
non-French chef in the series) starting with an attitude that could be most charitably
described as paternalistic (maybe even condescending?), but comes away utterly
seduced by the way she coaxes complex flavors from simple, perfect ingredients.

This is what real cooking is about when done on the highest level. Yes, there are
recipes, and, yes, there are techniques explained. But what the shows are really about
- and what great cooking is really about - is the human element. Anyone can sauté
eggplant, given the right set of instructions and a little practice. But the ability to turn
that eggplant into art is the province of a very few. --Russ Parsons, Food Editor, LA Times

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois on October 26, 2009
Michel Guerard is (in)famous for Nouveau Cuisine, now something like forty years old. Here he is shown in a French documentary creating new dishes, a new menu, for his restaurant. It's one of the few places that the chef's creativity is on full display. This is a niche film for sure, but it's quite fascinating. There's another film in this series available looking at Paul Ganaire (Inventing Cuisine: Paul Ganaire). Good stuff if you're interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2014
If you love watching chefs prepare dishes then you will adore this DVD. The producer does something really interesting. He has people in his family make the dishes from recipes and then has Chef Michel Guerard make the recipes from memory while filming the process. I laughed with delight when the producer's two sons made the apple with lime soufflé. How adorable to have kids make one of the recipes.

There are scenes from a busy restaurant kitchen to enjoy as well. But mostly you will see Chef Michel Guerard preparing foods on his own. He also describes his approach to cooking and says his recipes are like famous paintings. The presentation is quite artistic.

Have you ever made every recipe in a book? Well the producer of this film made all of Chef Michel Guerard's recipes. He shows the stained pages of the book in the film.

So this was highly entertaining with burst of humor and lots of creatitivity.

The only thing missing is the actual recipes. I'm thinking maybe there is an English translation of his book? I'll have to look around.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Alexander on January 4, 2013
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I bought this for my son-in-law who is an Exec Pastry Chef in San Francisco. It was a Christmas gift, and he liked it a lot. It was one he didn't have already. That's good because this was on his Christmas list in 2011. So the rating is based on his response and reaction to this gift for him.
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