Chef’s Diaries: Scotland

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United Kingdom | 2019 | 75 minutes | Laura Otálora

World-famous Spanish chefs the Roca brothers (stars of previous SIFF hits Cooking Up a Tribute and The Turkish Way) expand their culinary horizons with this delicious travelogue about Scottish cuisine.

From a working-class upbringing as cooks at their parents' humble Catalan bar/restaurant to their current status as giants in the world of culinary arts, the Roca brothers—eldest brother Joan, 2016 winner of World's Greatest Chef; middle brother and acclaimed sommelier Josep; and youngest brother Jordi, himself awarded the title of the World's Greatest Pastry Chef in 2014—could easily coast on the mountains of accolades their famed Michelin-starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca has given them. Yet with little else to prove, the brothers also find themselves driven by a fear that success could stagnate their creativity, inspiring a restlessness that has again sent them to a nation not traditionally known for its food but one waking up to its own culinary greatness: Scotland. From Shetland's wood-smoked haddock to oyster fishing off the Isle of Skye to haggis at Dingwall's legendary Cockburn & Son—and of course, Aberlour's barrel-aged whisky—the brothers discover a land steeped in tradition slowly opening to new energies and its own rich abundance. Driven to put together a menu inspired by their trip, the trio go one better and create a humble, loving, and deeply admiring tribute to a people who keenly balance the weight of tradition with the spirit of freedom.

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Director Biography
A student of history, anthropology, and art, Laura Otalora is a visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. During graduate work at the Barcelona Film School, she directed Gospel Beyond Music (2015). Otalora also coordinated CAD Productions, developing projects for the UN and World Bank. With Chef's Diaries: Scotland, Otalora shifts her attention to Scotland's cultural and gastronomic geography.

Sponsored by Princi, The Walls Vineyards, Acción Cultural Española

  • Director: Laura Otálora
  • Principal Cast: Joan Roca, Jordi Roca, Josep Roca
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Producer: Lydia Martinez Fliquete
  • Screenplay: Marti Roca, Laura Otalora
  • Cinematographers: Alex Garcia Martinez
  • Editors: Marti Roca, Roberto Bra
  • Music: Can Sons
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Gospel Beyond Music (2015)
  • Language: Spanish, English, Catalan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Feelsales