I was lucky enough to see the documentary about French Pastry chefs, “Kings of Pastry”, last week at a screening with filmmakers, D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. What a fabulous story of passion and travail! Read more about it here.
|Filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus|
I particularly loved one judge explaining how hard it was to be the arbiter of such excellence: “Each product is a moral dilemma” for the judge, he says. Plus they sweat right along with the chefs. “If someone breaks something, we all cry.” In fact, as the head judge is announcing the winners, he is weeping for the names he ISN’T calling.
You can check it out next Tuesday, June 21st at 10 pm on your local PBS station.
Here are some important lessons I learned from “Kings of Pastry” as the chefs strove to win the M.O.F.
- Humidity is sugar’s worst enemy.
- Don’t think you can win by cheating. Even the garbage will be checked.
- Just like the Olympics, you have to be good on THAT day.
- You can’t regret anything. Give it your all.
It’s rare to find such heart and soul in any area of life these days. And the fact that you can watch chefs (and they’re French!) perform at such a high level, producing such rarified creations, is a complete revelation and delight. Don’t miss it.