Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession.
From Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, the filmmakers who brought us MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM and Bob Dylan in DONT LOOK BACK comes this epic, never-before-filmed test of France’s finest artisans as they work under constant scrutiny of master judges and the critical palates of some of the world’s most renowned chefs. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition – passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy – in the quest to become one of theKINGS OF PASTRY.
"Forget Masterchef. This is the culinary Hurt Locker." - Herald Scotland
"Gripping, even for non-foodies." - Variety
"Thrilling, heart-stopping, exquisite." - The Independent
"Leaves viewers on the edge of their seats." - Los Angeles Times