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Kings of Pastry (2010)



Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

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Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of KINGS OF PASTRY, by legendary documentary filmmaking team, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (DONT LOOK BACK, MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM), opening September 15. Sixteen contenders seek the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ("MOF"), France's highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs - not to mention adrenaline - to create gorgeous, fantastical, delicious creations. Some of the

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The Food Network is awash with cooking- and baking-competition shows, but The Kings of Pastry operates on a much higher level.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The documentary proves almost as sweet as its subject.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What makes Kings of Pastry more than a sugar-coated showcase of culinary porn is its emphasis on the individual human dramas that exist behind all of these delicacies.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Beyond the treats, which are complicated and no doubt mind-bending to consume, the film has its layers as well.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Beyond the competition, "Kings of Pastry" celebrates food as an art form to be savored, not a commodity to be consumed absent-mindedly.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

These guys are obsessed.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

The premise is pastry, but the story is about having a dream

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

[A] light-as-a-cream-puff film about a pastry competition in France.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Slowly blossoms into something engaging and even poignant, despite an uninspired, point-and-shoot style that rivals Sarah Palin for its lack of inquisitiveness.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

I know, I know ... how exciting can a cooking movie be? As it turns out, really exciting.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The arcane world of elite dessert chefs forms the atmospheric setting one of the ultimate tests of strength and spirit. Another winner from Hegedus and Pennebaker.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

If you are addicted to the Food Channel and cannot get enough of Gordon Ramsey, "Kings of Pastry" is a must see...if you have a sweet tooth, your mouth will water and your mind whirl with this carefully balanced ballet of culinary delight.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Cooking competitions have become one of the mainstays of the every burgeoning genre known as reality television. But "Kings of Pastry" apart is set apart by many things, including a long historical tradition.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Hegedus and Pennebaker treat this event as both rehearsal and performance, allowing occasional moments of beauty and humanity to peek through.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Kings of Pastry

If you are interested in the culinary arts, you will probably like this documentary about three of the 16 chefs seeking the Maitre Ouvrier de France designation; if you're looking for an uplifting tale of overcoming adversity, you'll be mostly satisfied, though the director's angle leaves a little to be desired - it kind of felt like he just turned the camera on. The low budget filming bothered me, too. Interesting enough, and not much "wrong with it," but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
October 19, 2012

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"Kings of Pastry" is an interesting documentary about the Meilleur Ouvrier de France competition held once every four years with a spotlight on Jacquy Pfeiffer of the French Pastry School of Chicago. To borrow a phrase from one of the judges, it is kind of like the olympics for pastry chefs in that not only have their entire careers been building to this one moment, it also entirely depends on what they do in competition which is stretched over three days. This time, the theme is weddings with a surprise in store for the chefs. Since this is a great honor that goes just beyond the cool tricolor collars, the judges watch the chefs like hawks in order to make sure they stick closely to the rules, so only the best have a chance. They are not the only ones as the cameras follow the chefs around as they create their concoctions which have to be handled as delicately as possible, giving new meaning to the phrase "agony of defeat." In fact, the judges root for their fellow chefs to make it, as the chief judge cries when he reveals how few actually qualified at the end. Even then, there is a happy ending for the film. However, the documentary did not make me hungry. Well, I wouldn't mind one of those lollipops.
January 8, 2011
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