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Tower, who Bourdain describes as an “enormously influential, important character that had been written out of history,” started his cooking career at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California in 1972, before opening the hugely successful Stars in San Francisco, one of the most famous restaurants in the US for nearly two decades. It made him one of the first celebrity chefs.
The Connecticut-born Tower is seen as the father of not only ‘California cuisine,’ as he explains in this presentation at the MAD symposium in Copenhagen, but possibly of modern American cooking, and has helped train the likes of Mario Batali and Joey Altman.
But after selling Stars, Tower entered into self-imposed exile down in Mexico, amongst other places, and didn't cook professionally for many years. Then, in 2014, he recieved a call from New York's Tavern on the Green...
As Grub Street reports, the documentary has spent the last year or so touring film festivals, but will premiere on 21 April in New York and Los Angeles. Watch the spine-tingling trailer below.
We'll leave the last word to Tower: "If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing in style, and on your own terms – nobody else's"
Update: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent will be showing in movie theatres across the US from May, according to Eater. No word on a worldwide release, as yet.