Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 6:
Laura Collado and Jim Loomis
San Sebastian 2017
SXSW, Hot Docs, Seattle, BAFICI, Palm Springs, Guadalajara, DocPoint, Napa Valley, Newport Beach
After the legendary success of elBulli, chef Albert Adria pursues his follow-ups.
Though known for developing wildly creative dishes as the pastry chef of elBulli, the three Michelin starred Catalonian restaurant where his brother, Ferran, was the head chef, Albert Adria has been referred to by some as underrated, lost in the shadow of his sibling. After they shut down their famed establishment in 2011, Albert took a break to start a family, but just a couple of years later, he re-emerged with an ambitious plan to make his own mark. Over several years, Collado and Loomis’ film follows Albert as he sets out to open five new restaurants exploring different concepts – all within a single year – and trace what happens when they don’t all meet his exacting standards. The filmmakers’ verité approach helps immerse the viewer in the fast-paced world of haute cuisine, but does sometimes skimp on details, assuming a level of familiarity with the culinary world – and with Albert’s various eateries – that not all viewers will share. Despite this, they succeed in spotlighting a creative and determined culinary genius.