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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
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 3 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 6 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 7 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 10 months ago by Ace of Scorpions
I have bought and loaned and given this video to countless friends. Totally riveting and fun!!!Published 10 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 10 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 15 months ago by Jon Wynne
If you have even the slightest interest in food, its preparation, and the folks who devote their lives to making it and taking it to the highest level you should have this movie. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ollie Halvorson