Guests: Royal Dinette’s Head Chef Jack Chen, Chef Rasmus Leck Fischer, Sous Chef Erik Køllgaard Pedersen will be in attendance (Sunday Jan 31 Screening)
After winning a Best Restaurant In The World award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, chef Rene Redzepi discusses his Copenhagen restaurant Noma and how his culinary philosophy has shaped its success. This isn’t just another foodie film, it’s also a movie about place, immigration (the Danish-born Redzepi talks frankly about his Macedonian descent), and the importance of being true to your locale.
A once-ridiculed experiment by chef René Redzepi, the resto and its free-associative menu of Nordic-based cooking – marked by an eclectic assortment of native vegetables with “meat as the backup singer” – was serving “crowds” of 15 when word of Redzepi’s innovation began to spread.
What followed was an unlikely rocket to the top of Pelegrino’s famed 50 Best Restaurants list, and a four-time stint as “the best restaurant in the world.” And then some things happened.
Pierre Deschamps’ Noma: My Perfect Storm is a remarkable documentary, a 33-month fly-on-the-wall experience of a restaurant and its resident genius on top of the world, losing their balance and attempting to right themselves.
Noma provides a busy plate of events and insights, from the complex psychological profile of its central character – a mercurial, Macedonian-born chef with an outsider’s chip on his shoulder – to the eccentric outside characters (including a Swedish mushroom expert and a Scottish sea urchin harvester) whose provisions inspire some of Redzepi’s wilder culinary visions.
But the central narrative is the rough journey of a small team of epicurean artists dealing with life under the world’s microscope. Michelin stars are won and lost. Top spot at Pellegrino is suddenly not a given.
There is an outbreak of food poisoning, and Redzepi and his acolytes suddenly find themselves questioning their priorities and seek to rediscover their joy.
“A foodie’s valentine.” New York Times