DIRECTED BY LUTZ HACHMEISTER
GERMANY, 2011, 94 MIN
IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, AND SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Since 1926 a Michelin star has been a coveted award that translates into fame and fortune for a chef and his restaurant. Three stars, Michelin’s highest rating, means “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey,” the equivalent of an Academy Award®. Who reviews these restaurants? How are these treasured stars awarded? THREE STARS sheds light on those questions through interviews with Jean-Luc Naret, the Guides’ evasively polished director, and plows through the controversies to which they give rise. Ten celebrity chefs from three countries are featured in their kitchens, gardens, and fields discussing the merits and travails of being three-starred. Featuring Jean-Georges Vongrichten (Jean-Georges), Yannick Allénoe (Le Meurice), Juan Mari & Elena Arzack (Arzack), Sven Elverfeld (Aqua), Sergio Herman (Oud Sluis), Hideki Ishikawa (Ishikawa), René Redzepi (Noma), Olivier Roellinger (Le Coquillage), and the luminous Nadia Santini (Dal Pescatore), this film presents a rare opportunity to visit great chefs where they work and live. Watch for Jiro Ono!
DIRECTED BY NATASHA SUBRAMANIAM AND ALISA LAPIDUS
USA, 2011, 6 MIN
In this modern day Fantasia, animated foods in an overstuffed fridge do battle to Prokofiev. Will the fresh or the rotted win?