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New Orleans Film Society

Kings of Pastry


Saturday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
New Orleans Museum of Art

D A Pennebaker
Frazer Pennebaker


Filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus secured exclusive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed test of France’s finest artisans. The film follows chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, as he journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France).Two other finalists are profiled in the film: chef Regis Lazard, who was competing for the second time (he dropped his sugar sculpture the first time), and chef Philippe Rigollot, from Maison Pic, France’s only three-star restaurant owned by a woman. These pastry marathoners, racing the clock, must hand carry all their creations, including their fragile sugar sculptures through a series of rooms to a final buffet area without shattering them. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition—passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy—in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.