Coming to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18:
INSATIABLE: THE HOMARO CANTU STORY
Brett A Schwartz
Seattle, Chicago, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Tallgrass, Newburyport Doc, Napa Valley
A celebration of the acclaimed Chicago chef and innovative molecular gastronomist.
Homaro Cantu emerged from humble roots to become one of the leading figures of Chicago’s culinary scene, working first for the legendary Charlie Trotter and then establishing his own restaurant, Moto, which earned a Michelin star. The young chef’s rise included two additional eateries, where he was able to implement creative experiments in molecular gastronomy while also devoting time to social entrepreneurial causes to combat the obesity epidemic. Despite his success, he committed suicide in 2015. Not likely a household name outside of Chicago or die-hard foodies, Cantu’s passing would be a surprise for most viewers, something Schwartz attempts to take advantage of in the structure of his documentary. At the same time, it becomes obvious fairly quickly that Cantu is no longer alive from the way several interview subjects refer to him, undercutting this strategy and instead leading to an unnecessarily convoluted storytelling chronology. Additionally the focus on Cantu’s personal life results in somewhat shortshrift being paid to his culinary accomplishments, ultimately lessening the project’s appeal.