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Matter of Taste, A

A film by Sally Rowe

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A Matter of Taste takes an intimate look inside the world of an immensely talented and driven young chef, Paul Liebrandt. At 24, he was awarded three stars by The New York Times for unforgettable and hyper-modern dishes such as "eel, violets and chocolate," "espuma of calf brains and foie gras," and "beer and truffle soup."

Times critic William Grimes likened Paul to "a pianist who seems to have found a couple of dozen extra keys." Conversely, Gourmet critic Jonathan Gold called Paul’s food "the result of a failed science experiment." He soon became a chef critics loved or loved to hate.

The film follows Paul over a decade and reveals his creative process in the kitchen, as well as the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a successful culinary artist in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine in New York City. Featuring an A-List of culinary luminaries including Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal, Frank Bruni, Mike Colameco, William Grimes, Thomas Keller, Drew Nierporent and Eric Ripert, A Matter of Taste explores the complicated relationships between food critics, chefs and restaurant owners as it delves into the life of an uncompromising, thought provoking, young chef ahead of his time.

WINNER! James Beard Award- Best Documentary or Special

What the Critics are Saying

"A gastronomic thriller! Part Rocky, part Kitchen Confidential." - Wall Street Journal

"Exhilarating! Demonstrates how much body and soul go into a good restaurant. There's some juicy insider stuff here...foodies will love it." - The Globe and Mail

"9 out of 10! Perceptive, entertaining & engrossing!" - PopMatters 

"Fascinating. Lets us see the true nature of the genius behind the pans." - Toronto Star

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A Matter of Taste was nominated for a 33rd Annual Emmy® Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

Features and Specifications

Special Features:

  • Extended Interviews with Michelin 3-Star Chefs Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert & Heston Blumenthal
  • Two Short Films about the Creation of a Liebrandt Dish
  • & More

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2011
Running Time: 69 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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