‘Kings of Pastry’ is a documentary about the very prestiges ‘Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’ or (MOF). The winners of the MOF are the ‘Best Craftsmen in France‘. As such, they are allowed to wear the tri-colored (blue, white and red striped) collar.
The men who achieve the honor of wearing the collar are the best pastry chefs in France and probably the world.
This doc 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. There are two other chefs featured in the film. Chef Regis Lazard, who was 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.
There are a few chefs that are also seen in the film as judges; Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F., Stephane Glacier, M.O.F. and Philippe Urraca, M.O.F.
This competition takes place every four years and lasts for three days. It is intense beyond belief for the 16 chefs competing for the collar in this film.
As the film follows these chefs, the pressure they feel comes through loud and clear. These men live and breath this competition for four years. It all culminates in an intense three day test in which some of the worlds most renowned pastry chefs are looking right over the shoulders of the competitors.
“Kings of Pastry’ shows the different types of confections that must be completed. One of these confections is a sugar sculpture, delicate and beautiful, it can be a chef’s downfall. Putting it together is just part of the challenge. Carrying it to the buffet table is a huge ordeal and has proved to be the downfall of chefs in the past.
The final day of the competition and the choosing of the winners is as emotional and intense as an Olympic event. Will Chef Pfeiffer prevail? Will Chef Lazard overcome his emotion of failing four years earlier?
Some chefs will endure heartache, while others will enjoy the very sweet taste of victory.
It’s an excitement you wouldn’t think you would find in a doc about pastry chefs. However, it is exciting, emotional and intense.
Directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker bring forth a cast of characters that are genuinely interesting people. They have a goal that most will never attempt to achieve….. being the best of the best in their field. As in most competitions, you will have your favorite that you root for to win. This involvement of the audience is one of the ways you know you have a good film. This is a good film.
Where can ‘Kings of Pastry’ be seen?
‘Kings of Pastry’ will have a 2-week engagement, September 15-28 at Film Forum West Houston Street (West of 6th Ave) NY.
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