The French culinary arts demand (and draw out) the ultimate in talent, technical sophistication and artistry. Watching these chefs of astounding calibre challenge themselves for the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) is such a privilege -- unlike the amateurish, trash-talking competitors on the Food Network, there is a grounded respect for the craft and for each other. I think I gained ten pounds watching this.
A beautiful film, I couldn't contain my emotion throughout. I fell deeply in love with the MOF culture. I don't know what else to say except that I was enchanted by the MOF, way more so than the particular "characters" or chefs.
Added note: Elegant complex and amazing pastries galore!
Pleasingly intense for a documentary about soft-spoken pastry chefs; many hands-over-eyes at the screening. Pennebaker and Hegedus only very seldom let the tension release with turns towards scenes of domesticity. I'll likely count some of the moments in this film among my favorite of the year.