Kings of Pastry
Reality television is awash in cooking and competition shows but none them quite delivers like Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker's 2010 documentary KINGS OF PASTRY. The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. The 3-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to precarious six foot sugar sculptures and requires that the chefs have extraordinary skill, nerves of steel and luck. The film follows Jacquy Pfeiffer, founder of The French Pastry School in Chicago, as he returns to France to compete against 15 of France's leading pastry chefs. The filmmakers were given first time/exclusive access to this high-stakes drama of passion, sacrifice, disappointment and joy in the quest to have President Sarkozy declare them one of the best in France. Consider the LA Times thoughts/advice "Everything these men make - no women have ever competed for the pastry MOF - looks so mouth-watering that no one should dare watch this film on even a half-empty stomach." While [Spoiler Alert] the New York Times said "You'll be surprised by how devastating the collapse of a chocolate tower can be." KINGS OF PASTRY is available to stream on Fandor and Docsville.