Stage: The Culinary Internship

Stage: The Culinary Internship

Canada | 2019 | 78 min. | Abigail Ainsworth

May 29 - June 18, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

Stage: The Culinary Internship follows a group of aspiring chefs as they navigate their way through a nine-month apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in the world—Mugaritz, nestled in the hills outside San Sebastian—under world-renowned Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.

They come from all over the world: a mere 30 plucked from a field of 1,500 applicants, for the honour and privilege of spending nine grueling months as unpaid kitchen interns, or stagiaires. Yet for this batch of young, fresh-faced hopefuls, the chance to learn their craft under the watchful eye of Andoni Luis Aduriz, owner and executive chef of Spain's legendary Michelin-starred Mugaritz restaurant, means more than simply learning a profession. In one of the most acclaimed and adventurous kitchens on the planet, where challenging, provocative dishes are created from the molecular level up, nerves are frayed, friendships are born and budding careers are established—and only 10 will be chosen to continue and develop the following year's menu. From a nerve-shredding seasonal dress rehearsal to a breakneck opening day, Stage: The Culinary Internship is a lively look at camaraderie, self-discovery and above all perseverance.

  • Director: Abigail Ainsworth
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 78 min.
  • Producer: Lindsay Kutner, Abigail Ainsworth
  • Screenplay: Abigail Ainsworth
  • Website: Official Film Website