Kings of Pastry (Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker – 2009) B+

Le Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F) is not a competition many of us have heard of, but it is astonishing the level of dedication, craft, practice and obsession a master pastry chef has to go through to accomplish one of these competitions. To clarify, the goal of these competitions is not to have a winner, one winner. Theoretically all who participate can attain the title of M.O.F…if they are good enough. It’s more of a certification than a prize. By the end of it we really feel the heartbreak when several of the competitors do not attain the M.O.F title and they have to basically wait another four years for another shot at the prize. Like -the much better- Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Kings of Pastry shows us individuals seeking perfection at their craft. Something like this is almost always worth your time.

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