If you're intrigued by the dedication that goes into being one of the best chefs in the world, a fascinating new documentary, The Quest of Alain Ducasse, should satisfy your curiosity.
Recently premiering at Berlin's culinary fim festivalGilles de Maistre's discreet film follows French culinary genius, Alain Ducasse, as he travels the world for 18 months visiting his suppliers and restaurants in preparation for opening luxury restaurant Ore in the Palace of Versailles.
Billed as "absorbing and cinematic" by Variety, it's a great opportunity to see the the multi Michelin star chef (18 at the last count) pursue his quest for culinary perfection, tasting, inspecting, encouraging, discovering and travelling from London to New York and Tokyo to Rio.
Magnolia has acquired the North American Rights to Pathé’s film, meaning there should be the chance to globe trot with Alain Ducasse soon.
In the meantime, here's a taster with the trailer:
Alain Ducasse is undoubtedly one of the most popular and successful chefs of his generation. Today, he heads up 23 restaurants around the world as well as cooking schools and boasts a catalogue of books to his name.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.
The story of baked Alaska is much more than one of cake and ice cream. It’s a story of war and exile, scientific endeavour, and, depending on how you look at it, either political buffoonery or political astuteness.