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KINGS OF PASTRY
USA: First Run Features
Cast (featuring): Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F, Jacquy Pfeiffer, Rachel Beaudry, Philippe Rigollot, Stephane Glacier, M.O.F, Regis Lazard, Frederique Lazard, Philippe Urraca, M.O.F
Directors: Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker
Countries: Netherlands / USA / UK / France
Language: English / French (English subtitles)
USA Release Date: 15 September 2010 (Limited Release - New York)
In the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France), 16 French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures hoping to be declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. The three-day contest takes place every four years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel but lots of luck. The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef â€" itâ€™s a dream and an obsession.
Filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus secured exclusive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed test of Franceâ€™s finest artisans. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition â€" passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy â€" in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.