Praise for Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's KINGS OF PASTRY
"CRITICS' PICK! You'll bite your nails and lick your lips!" -David Edelstein, New York Magazine
Critic’s Pick! "Alluring, irresistible…Everything these men make…looks so mouth-watering that no one should dare watch this film on even a half-empty stomach."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The film builds in interest and intrigue as it goes along…You’ll be surprised by how devastating the collapse of a chocolate tower can be." - Mike Hale, The New York Times
"As the helmers observe the mental, physical and emotional toll the competition exacts on the contestants and their families, the film becomes gripping, even for non-foodies…As their calm camera glides over the chefs' almost-too-beautiful-to-eat creations, viewers share their awe." - Alissa Simon, Variety
"World Cup–size thrills, tension, and glory... so mouthwatering and jazzily presented that it makes the Food Network look like reheated leftovers in comparison!"
- Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
"How sweet it is!...Call it the ultimate sugar high." - VA Musetto, The New York Post
"A delectable new documentary…spellbinding demonstrations of pastry-making brilliance, high drama and even light moments of humor." - Monica Eng, The Chicago Tribune
"More substantial than any TV food show…the antidote to Gordon Ramsay."
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker engross viewers in a pins-and-needles odyssey into mythical kitchens, where master pastry chefs dare to reach for immortality. The work crescendos to such epic levels that the viewer is not going to know how this thing ends until the very, very end." - Matthew Nestel, Box Office Magazine
"Heartfelt, feel-good doc…delivers huge servings of emotionally wrenching drama and delicious visuals…Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker are at their peak with Kings of Pastry…Kings of Pastry and its striving masters of the culinary universe provide entertainment as rich as the desserts on display." - Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Marvelous...a total delight! What makes the film so irresistible is its lighter-than-air tone, which allows us to marvel at the seriousness of the chefs' craft without losing sight of the inherent absurdity of pastry chefs approaching the design of a cream puff as if they were scientists working on an atom bomb." -Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A delectable little gourmet feast of a documentary!" - Jennifer Merin, About.com
"Forget Masterchef. This is the culinary Hurt Locker." - Herald Scotland
"Thrilling, heart-stopping, exquisite." - The Independent
“Quite possibly one of the most delicious films ever committed to celluloid.”
- Popjournalism Magazine (Canada )
"Makes Top Chef seem like child's play." -Serious Eats
"I loved this film!" - Drew Nieporent, restaurateur
"Wonderful!" -Ruth Reichl
"Kings of Pastry is a yummy treat for anyone who wonders what it takes to become the best in the world at making dessert. For the rest of us, there are always cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies." - Chef Danny Meyer