The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacquy Pfeiffer ...
Himself - MOF Finalist
Regis Lazard ...
Himself - MOF Finalist
Philippe Rigollot ...
Himself - MOF Finalist
Rachel Beaudry ...
Herself - Jacquy Pfeiffer's Girlfriend
Sebastien Canonne ...
Himself - MOF
Stephane Glacier ...
Himself - MOF
Frederique Lazard ...
Herself - Regis Lazard's Wife
Philippe Urraca ...
Himself - MOF
Pierre Zimmermann ...
Himself - Baker
Nicolas Sarkozy ...
Himself (as President Nicolas Sarkozy)
Kurt Fogle ...
Himself - Jacquy Pfeiffer's Assistant Chef
Gabrielle Montalbano ...
Herself - Rachel Beaudry's Daughter
Hailey Montalbano ...
Herself - Rachel Beaudry's Daughter
Alex Pfeiffer ...
Herself - Jacquy Pfeiffer's Daughter
Thierry Bamas ...
Himself - MOF Finalist
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The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. The 3-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to precarious six foot sugar sculptures and requires that the chefs have extraordinary skill, nerves of steel and luck. The film follows Jacquy Pfeiffer, founder of The French Pastry School in Chicago, as he returns to France to compete against 15 of France's leading pastry chefs. The filmmakers were given first time/exclusive access to this high-stakes drama of passion, sacrifice, disappointment and joy in the quest to have President Sarkozy declare them one of the best in France. Written by Anonymous

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$15,162 (USA) (17 September 2010)

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$336,174 (USA) (15 July 2011)
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Jacquy Pfeiffer: [describing a large, thin eggshell made of sugar crystal] I just need one. But I'm going to make nine, in case I break eight.
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My 373rd Review: A light confectionery and a fascinating insight, but not a great documentary
26 February 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Kings of Pastry is an excellent choice for a documentary - the highest single award in French patisserie, the culinary Everest, the pinnacle of a career, the Olympic Gold for chocolate and sugar. And the skill is astonishing.

Its choice of soundtrack which is very Django and Hot Jazz 5 suits it well - this is a confectionery - a little too sweet, and not enough sweat - we see the huge effort in one sense that is required to become a MOF, but the film is so unobtrusive that it never really gets fully inside the world until the last 30 minutes. Without spoilers, there is an expected twist that lifts the whole documentary.

I would have liked some interviews with past MOFs, or some real detail of the secrets of the patisserie. The clip of French President, Sarkozy, praising the previous MOFs was telling, and something more was required to lift this from good to great.

All in all, pretty, light, and well made - but in the main lacks the depth that would take it from confectionery to main course....


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