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Three Stars (2010)

Deborah Friedman , Jean-Georges Vongerichten , Lutz Hachmeister  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Deborah Friedman, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Yannick Alleno, Juan Mari, Elena Arzack
  • Directors: Lutz Hachmeister
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009OHY64Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


The dishes dazzle in 'Three Stars,' a cinematic helping of some of the world's finest restaurants -- and of their chefs opinions. Most tantalizing, amid tastes of culinary philosophy, are their perceptions of the Michelin Guides' influence. Serious foodies will chow down. --Andy Webster, The New York Times

A sensual pleasure --Noel Murray, The Onion

endlessly fascinating! --Ray Pride, New City (Chicago)

Product Description

Focusing on ten Michelin 3 Star chefs, Three Stars depicts the everyday drama of life in gourmet restaurants and includes exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to some of the world's most talented chefs as they work in their gastronomic laboratories, hunt for exquisite ingredients in local markets, and gather rare edible plants along rough coastlines. It reveals the business of cooking on the highest level and highlights the various kitchen routines and culinary philosophies of chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, René Redzepi, Yannick Alléno, and Olivier Roellinger.


Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges (New York)
Yannick Alléno, Le Meurice (France)
Juan Mari & Elena Arzack, Arzack (Spain)
Sven Elverfeld, Aqua (Germany)
Sergio Herman, Oud Sluis (The Netherlands)
Hideki Ishikawa, Ishikawa (Japan)
René Redzepi, Noma (Denmark)
Olivier Roellinger, Le Coquillage (France)
Nadia Santini, Dal Pescatore (Italy)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This 94 minute documentary - made in cooperation with German TV is the latest in the wonderful series of "food related" films from First Run Features. Unlike many of the others, which had a story where there was a contest, this film - though dealing with competition - does not really show the winners and losers. And - because of this - I found it a bit slow. It features (rather than "follows") nine international chefs who have high two or three star ratings in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Because they are international (French, Japanese, Scandinavian, German and American) much of the dialogue is in foreign (to Americans) language and require subtitles. (Surprisingly, other than the chef in New York's Trump Tower, the chef in Denmark speaks only in English.)

There is an interview with the new Director of the Michelin Guide explaining how they award - and remove - the stars.

There is lots of beautiful food and the chefs are all honest about the long hours they put in - and sometimes wonder if it's worth it. They also talk about how expensive it is to run a 3 star restaurant (they lose even at $250 per person!). Since most of us won't have the chance to dine in these places, we do get to see the inside of both the dining room and kitchen.

The bonuses include text bios of the chefs as well as a text bio of the Director.

If you love the FRF series as much as I do, you'll want to get this one. If you are a gourmet, you'll want it too. But expect to spend time reading the white (sometimes hard to read) subtitles.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At the time this film was made, only 71 restaurants around the world had a Michelin three-star rating, which denotes they are at the very top of a huge mountain. Three Stars takes a look at seven restaurants with three stars and one with two stars as well as a French chef who had a three-star establishment and shut it down. The film deftly sets the scene at the start when René Redzepi, who runs the two-star Noma in Copenhagen, explains that a three star ranking brings in the customers. Lots of customers. But once you have that third star, as Sergio Herman of the Oud Sluis in the Netherlands makes clear, it means you're under huge pressure to perform every meal. People are now coming from all over the world to your restaurant and Herman admits he does not like the pressure. The film switches back and forth between the restaurants, sometimes too quickly, and because each chef is only really introduced once you can lose track of who is speaking and where they are based. While I appreciate the attempt to be inclusive, I think the film could have lost at least two of the seven three-star establishments.

Not all these chefs are at the same stages of their career - Jean-Georges Vongerichten frets a lot about his growing global empire while Redzepi, Nadia Santini of Italy's Dal Pescatore and Yannick Alléno from Le Meurice in Paris and have the time to go out into the countryside and look for new ingredients and fresh ideas.

The film also talks to Michelin's top inspector about how a restaurant can gain that coveted third star and how it can lose it too. We hear about top French chef Bernard Loiseau, who killed himself in 2003 after obsessing that he was about to lose his third star and with it a big chunk of his income.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heat in the kitchen August 30, 2013
This 94 minute DVD`s subject are the chefs and the Michelin stars that are awarded. Top chefs are included, interviewed and filmed. There are extras of the chef's biographies, about the film and a culinary film gallery. Much of the film is subtitled in English for translations.

The DVD says there are 10 chefs, yet in the film itself it says 9. At many points it is difficult to keep track of who is who and at what establishment we are at. The guide and time we are dealing with is for the 2009 Michelin guide. The head inspector gives some interesting insights into reviewing, the stars and the effects those stars have on the restaurants.

This is definitely a film for foodies, some of the terms and wines are not explained they are just mentioned in the conversations. We are able to listen to not only interviews but films as the restaurant s and kitchens are working.
It is interesting to hear about the lives of these chefs and how they handle their kitchens and the stresses involved in their careers, especially when they receive these stars; keeping up their reputation and the expectations of themselves and the public.
Included is information concerning Chef Bernard Loiseau and his suicide, some feel that he was afraid he was going to lose his 3rd star.
Those interested in food and the culinary arts would enjoy this DVD.
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