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Three Stars: Life in the Gourmet Stratosphere
Produced for television in 2010, released theatrically in 2012, and on DVD in 2013, by First Run Features, “
” escorts us into the world of competition of internationally renowned chefs for Stars. Our lens is the Michelin Guide rating system for chefs. The chefs are not competing with each other; instead the onus is on the leadership and staff of the Guide to ‘test’ a restaurant and to determine whether or not the head chef meets standards and deserves one or more stars.
Director Lutz Hachmeister interviews Jean-Luc Naret, Director of “Guide Michelin”. Hachmeister cuts between clips of this interview with interviews of ten chefs all of whom have or have had the penultimate honor of “Three Stars”. Naret speaks of the Guide’s practices, values, and, especially, its history. We hear the chefs speak of their work and their thoughts about the Guide; and we see them and theirs at work – as well, of course, the work itself, the exquisite dishes that are the stars of the show.
As expected, most of us will be intensely tempted by the dishes presented and the passions shared in making them, and we will long to take six months off, travelling the world for its Three Star restaurants.
D. Schwartz January 6, 2013