Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Kings of Pastry Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

Photo by jetheriot

If you’re having withdrawals from your Top Chef: Just Desserts, have we got a tasty treat for you. The documentary Kings of Pastry is out on DVD and it is delicious. The film by iconic filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and his partner Chris Hegedus takes viewers to the pâtissier Olympicsles Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.

Every four years the finest pastry chefs in the world are invite to compete for the title of Best Craftsman in France. In Kings of Pastry 16 chefs compete, but not all will survive the intense three day cook-off unscathed. The road to achieving the designation of MOF is brutal. There are shattered sugar sculptures, crumbled cookies and lots of grown man tears.

Even if you think you don’t like cooking shows or that baking is for pansies, give this doc a try.  You’ll be surprised just how long you can dangle on the edge of your seat over a little bit of puff pastry and a wedding cake.

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