'Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen'
(DVD / NR / 2019 / Juno Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: At a moment in time, when humanity is obsessed with food - photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media, this documentary goes under the surface and offers an in-depth, honest and relevant view into the world and every day of Michelin chefs and restaurants.
DVD Verdict: Well, in truth, this fascinating documentary is just that, but at the same times feels peculiarly behind the times (even though it was filmed in 2017).
In 'Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen,' director Rasmus Dinesen explores the peculiar culinary hierarchy of Michelin Stars. Featuring top chefs from around the world, the interviews with them are definitely the fascinating area aforementioned as they talk candidly about the renowned, and controversial rating system.
The art of being what has now become an arbitrary classification model for assigning stars and ratings in the arts, it's amazing the power these gold stars have on the eatery in question. The difference they can make. The difference between a 2 star and a 3 star being a void as wide as the Grand Canyon.
As we novices learn, the system awards one to three stars for excellence in culinary delights and it's those stars that have people travel the globe to eat at top tier Michelin restaurants.
An interesting fact we learn is that only 113 kitchens worldwide have the coveted three star distinction, but something else here is that within all those eateries there are zero female chefs!
Full of insightful, if not at times questioning chef interviews, Dinesen’s documentary also includes a fair few behind-the-scenes moments where the eateries in question are bustling in the kitchen and brimming with happy customers out front.
At a moment in time, when humanity is obsessed with food - photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media, 'Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen' goes under the surface and offers an in-depth, honest and relevant view into the world and every day of Michelin chefs and restaurants.
Featuring chefs, critics, and their customers this captivating 82 minute documentary also features: Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy, Paris Alain Ducasse, New York City Benoit Violier, and l'Hotel de Ville, amongst others. This is a Standard Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen' [DVD] is out June 11th, 2019 via Juno Films / MVD Visual.