Curtis Duffy, one of America's top chefs, is building his dream restaurant despite the nightmarish state of his personal life. The laser focus on his cooking career that won him two Michelin stars also cost him his marriage and two young daughters, but his ambition is still to make his new Chicago restaurant, Grace, the best in the country.
Great film. Duffy is an inspiring person that has risen above many obstacles. His verbalization of the conflict of his personal and professional life and the difficulty in balancing the two is enduring and respectful. He comes across as a very thoughtful person and the filmmaker does him justice in the presentation of him reaching for and achieving his dream.
A moving documentary. The main characters, Curtis, Michael, and Ruth, are people I want to know. I'm headed to Chicago and Grace for my 74th birthday and feeling a little star struck. Thank you to the two Film makers for this documentary. Wonderful!
Living in Chicago, I can tell you the restaurant business is extremely cutthroat. Diners are always looking for what's new and interesting on the food scene, which puts tremendous and consistent pressure on the best restaurants to continue to fire on all cylinders or be pushed aside. It is a tough and stressful life. This guy is an inspiration in his work ethic and drive, but it's painful to watch the toll this takes on a personal level. You can't have it all. I look forward to dining at Grace one of these years.
Very interesting movie for foodies on the creation of a Michelan 3 star property from scratch. Inspired us to eat at Grace, which was well worth the $600/couple price. Chef Duffy was there, the picture of calm.
There is a lot of attention being paid to chefs these days, and for the food aspect alone, the story in this film is pretty compelling. A small town kid gets a passion for food in home economics class and ends up running a 3 star Michelin restaurant. But the personal backstory of the chef and his family, and the people that became like family for him separate this film from the pack.
Chef Curtis Duffy is one of the good guys. This movie does a nice portrayal of a talented chef that has skills beyond food and into mentoring his staff. With a tough family background a young Curtis finds guidance by a warm home ec teacher throughout his life. His restaurant business partner is also a gem of a good guy.