KINGS OF PASTRY, a film by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
Before the holidays, my dear friend Jenn came over to eat cookies, drink tea, and watch Kings of Pastry, a documentary about French pastry chefs competing in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France), a prestigious and grueling three-day event that tests the chefs skills and strength in various aspects of the art de patisserie.
I’ve always said that if I ever stopped working in theatre, I would go to pastry school and become a professional baker. After watching this film, the dream became even more real and tangible. I seriously wanted to do it. One of the competitors featured in the film founded The French Pastry School in Chicago - the only culinary school that focuses solely on baking. Unfortunately, tuition is approximately $23,000 for six months…sigh…
So until I make that career-changing decision/until I can afford to go, I will just continue to bake as a hobby here in Toronto. And in the meantime, I highly recommend you watch this film. It’s a must-see for anyone who likes baking, or eating baked goods!
p.s. check out Jenn’s blog here. She is one crafty lady who loves good food and pretty things and culture and this city of ours, and is someone i can always count on to take my cookies off my hands for me!