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Kings of Pastry
Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus • 2009 • United States
For French pastry chefs, the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France) is nothing less than the Olympics of their trade: an intense three-day competition in which a selection of the country’s finest pâtissiers turn out a dazzling array of delectable confections in hopes of being awarded the prestigious blue, white, and red striped collar that marks them as the finest in their field. Granted unprecedented access to this elite culinary marathon, documentary legends D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus capture the high drama (there will be tears) and vivid human stories behind each sugar-spun delight.