Kings of Pastry
2010, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, Netherlands/USA/UK/France, 84 min.
- Sun, Oct 30th 4:45pm
The Olympics are relatively tension-free compared to the high-stakes competition for the culinary world’s ultimate accolade for the pastry chef: the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsman in France), awarded by the president of France every four years. Filmmakers Hegedus and Pennebaker (THE WAR ROOM, DON’T LOOK BACK) follow Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s renowned French Pastry School, in pursuit of sweet victory as he and fifteen other world class pâtissiers plunge into the harrowing action of a three-day marathon in which careers rise and fall on the delicate strands of towering sugar sculptures. Sponsored by the Consulate General of France as part of “À la Carte,”, a series of events dedicated to French gastronomy. (In English and French with English subtitles. DigiBeta video. (BS)
OCTOBER 30: Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer will be present for audience discussion. A free raffle and tasting event with specialties of the French Pastry School follows in our Gallery/Café (ticket stub required for entry).