There have been many a documentary produced over the years for the Food and/or Drink enthusiast, with Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Somm and Chef’s Table to name but a few.
When it comes to the big screen however, there isn’t exactly a huge choice, with Chef being one of the stand out choices. Released in 2014 featuring the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Jon Favreau. Favreau not only wrote, produced and directed the film, but also played the leading role as Carl Casper.
There is now another film we can add to the list, Burnt. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, a revered Chef who having worked in one of the best restaurants in Paris and gained 2 Michelin Stars, sees his drive for perfection turn to drug abuse and he subsequently implodes. After taking himself away to sober up, he travels to London with his sights firmly set on achieving a 3rd Star.
The film sees Jones looking up old colleagues and re-forming much of his old team from his Paris days, before re-launching themselves in Langhams’ with the main man at the helm.
Intense from start to finish, this film really allows you to experience what it’s like to be working in the kitchen of a Michelin Starred Restaurant. Helped of course by a real life 2 Michelin Star Chef, Marcus Wareing who, along with his team were enlisted by the films director John Wells to consult on all things food from the designing of the dishes used right through to the actions of the cast on the stoves. Bradley Cooper even spent time working in Wareings’ real life restaurant in order to gain, what he believed to be the necessary understanding to make the film as realistic as possible.
Backed up by Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson and a host of others, Bradley Cooper gives a perfect performance, making this the ultimate foodie film for the ultimate foodie.