Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old restaurant, Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, from closing. Times and tastes have changed and what was once cutting edge is now out of favor. KING GEORGES is the story of a determined, tragi-comic figure, and his fight - sometimes futile - to keep tradition alive.
This is a documentary about master chef (he even wears the blue-white-red official collar) Georges Perrier, who wanted to be a chef even since childhood, endured harsh schooling in France to become a master chef, and went to the USA to open a real French restaurant...in a then-decrepit neighborhood in Philadelphia. Why there? No matter, it succeeded for forty years and won many rave reviews.
Of course, he paid a price. He had to spend all of his days working, and all of his weeks, 360 days a year, and he was an utter perfectionist, constantly bullying his chefs and using plenty of bombastic and crude language. He had a wife and daughter, but his family would break apart, and near the age of seventy he tried to pass the baton to his best chef to run the restaurant. But to no avail-the restaurant got closed, and the chef ended up creating his own restaurant, definitely more modern that his former employer's.
An interesting documentary, but it makes you think twice about ever having your own business.
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