Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen
This documentary visits several Michelin starred restaurants around the globe and dives tastebuds-first into the unique characteristics that help them take the cake.
You might think that the hole-in-the wall burger joint down the street or even your grandmother's kitchen create food so unmistakenly delicious that they deserve to be Michelin Star rated. But what exactly are the requirements for this age-old, controversial rating system? As of 2016 there are 119 3 Michelin Star restaurants, and each of them have proven to provide an unforgettable dining experience. This documentary visits several starred restaurants around the globe and dives tastebuds-first into the unique characteristics that help them take the cake: consistency, quality of ingredients, mastery of technique, harmony in flavor, and food that portrays the unique personality of those that cook it. Chefs from Paris, New York City, Tokyo, and Copenhagen among others reveal what being Michelin-rated means to their career and culinary identity, and the importance of experience and emotion in fine dining. Delicious and beautiful behind-the-scenes footage at restaurants such as Noma and Narisawa are paired with discussions on the politics of these reviews, from those who have maintained the coveted Stars and those who try, year after year, to earn one.