Kings of Pastry
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From the makers of the documentary classics Dont Look Back and The War Room. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are simply the best - so when they turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), France's Nobel Prize for pastry, you're in for a treat. Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions, and there is edge-of the seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters prove both poignant and hilarious. (Courtesy of Film Forum)
Pennebaker and Hegedus secured exclusive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed test of France's finest artisans. The film follows chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago's French Pastry School, as he journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. Also profiled is chef Regis Lazard, who is competing for the second time (he dropped his sugar sculpture the first time), and chef Philippe Rigollot, from Maison Pic, France's only three-star restaurant owned by a woman.
During the grueling final competition, chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges, whose critical palates evaluate their elaborate pastries. Finally, these pastry marathoners racing the clock must hand carry all their creations including their fragile sugar sculptures through a series of rooms to a final buffet area without shattering them. 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.
Bonus Features Include: Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer Demonstrates How to Make Sugar Sculptures; Outtakes; Filmmaker Biographies
WORLD CUP-SIZE THRILLS, TENSION AND GLORY! So mouthwatering and jazzily presented that it makes the Food Network look like reheated leftovers in comparison! --The Village Voice
Delivers huge servings of emotionally wrenching drama and delicious visuals! Hegedus and Pennebaker are at their peak with 'Kings of Pastry'...entertainment as rich as the desserts on display! --Film Journal International
Top Customer Reviews
Food as art, cooking as theater--this documentary captures the highs and lows of three chefs in pursuit of the elusive MOF. Shortlisted to only sixteen candidates, the event literally takes over the lives of the participants in the days leading up to the contest. Surviving on little sleep, the relentless preparations can only take you so far--because it is the precision and time management during the actual test that are the only thing that matters. Over three exhausting days, the chefs are pushed to their emotional and physical limits. The film does an excellent job of highlighting the devastating psychological stresses the participants must endure. This is pastry warfare and only the strongest will emerge unscathed.
There are triumphs and shattering disappointments. Anyone who has marveled at the beauty of a delicate and detailed sugar or chocolate sculpture also realizes the inherent precariousness of its potential destruction.Read more ›
Except for Pfeiffer and his family and co-workers, everyone else speaks only French, so expect subtitles, but they are clear and easy to read. There is a soundtrack of gypsy Jazz comprised of original recordings by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli mixed with new recordings by a band named Django Memory. It comes and goes as the tension mounts. Many times there is no music.
The bonuses on the DVD include a five-minute interview with the filmmakers. (watch out for Pennebaker dropping a brief F-word bomb here), a four-minute demo by Pfeiffer and a most unusual three-minute video of a Chocolate Fashion Show. (Yes, models wearing chocolate dresses!).
First Run Features is on a "food film" roll now.Read more ›
This film was directed by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, who made Bill Clinton's War Room. A strange juxtaposition, for sure. However, this is a documentary that works, drama, great tension, family stories, and most of all camaraderie between the bakers and the judges. In this film we follow three of sixteen bakers who are competing for 'Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the best craftsmen in France, or the MOF. This competition takes place in Lyon, France, every four years, over three intense days. The initial contestants started out with 70, were cut down to 16, and all are competing to win the big prize. There is some sort of scoring if which we are not awRe if, and all sixteen could win if they met the requirements and scored well.
We follow Jacquy Pfeiffer, who voted found Chicago's French Pastry School. We meet his fiancée and daughter, a very close family. The two Frenchmen, Philippe Rigollot USA chef for Maison Pic in France. Regis Lazard, had competed four years ago, and his sculpture fell apart, which shattered him for awhile. We observe all three men as they prepare, and it is rigorous. The showpieces made of spun sugar and rib ones and flours are very elaborate. Truthfully, I did not find many of them attractive, too puffy, too big, too out there for me. The other pastries, however, looked delicious.
Then we move into the competition. The men must work quickly, with precision, and everything must come together perfectly. This is the most tension in one room I have felt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had the honor of meeting Chef Jacquy and Chef Sebastian. I love the French pastry school. I have never seen this many men cry. A must see for all pastry lovers.Published 5 months ago by izbaby
This is not a how-to film (really wish that more of the hows had been shown) but you get an idea of how difficult this contest is going to be. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Plantlust
One of the best documentaries I've seen. These chefs train like Olympians and it is riveting. Not a guide for how to make this delicious creations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by drc536
This DVD will have u on the edge of your seat!! It's like rooting for your favorite team, and biting your nails all at the same time!!!Published 13 months ago by Randal Oliver
Amazing movie!!! Highly recommended especially for bakers/pastry beginners, you will never regret that you spend your time to watch that movie. Enjoy it!Published 16 months ago by Ace of Scorpions
I have bought and loaned and given this video to countless friends. Totally riveting and fun!!!Published 16 months ago by bluestatemania
This documentary is a "keeper". I have watched this "3" times. Can't wait to have someone over to the house for dinner... talk about this film.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Katheryn A. Gordon
You want to make a documentary film. You want the subject to have broad appeal. You want drama, suspense, comedy, exhilaration, passion, pathos and triumph. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jon Wynne