Berlin: Netflix's 'Chef's Table' Episodes to Premiere in Festival's Culinary Cinema
Berlin's festival sidebar devoted to foodie films will also premiere the documentary 'Andre – The Voice of Wine,' about the man who reestablished winemaking in California after Prohibition.
David Gelb's buzzy docuseries Chef's Table will get the big-screen treatment at next month's Berlin Film Festival, where two new episodes of the Netflix show, which spotlights acclaimed chefs from around the world, will premiere as part of the Berlin Film Festival's Culinary Cinema sidebar.
The Chef's Table episodes, from the upcoming season 3 of the show, will feature Berlin-based Tim Raue, arguably Germany's most acclaimed celebrity chef, and Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun who serves up temple food to visitors of her Korean hermitage. As part of the Culinary Cinema concept, the Berlin screenings will be followed by a meal inspired by the films. In the case of Chef's Table, Raue himself, a two-star Michelin chef, will serve.
Also on the Culinary Cinema menu this year is the world premiere of Mark Tchelistcheff’s Andre – The Voice of Wine. The documentary is a portrait of André Tchelistcheff, an oenologist who emigrated from Russia to the U.S. and, after the end of Prohibition, was key in re-establishing winemaking in California. Sebastian Frank, who runs another double Michelin star restaurant in Berlin, the Horvath, will serve up the Andre-inspired meal.
Also celebrating their world premieres will be Soul, a Spanish documentary from directors Jose Antonio Blanco and Angel Parra, which follows Basque chef Eneko Atxa as he searches around the world for the “soul of cooking”; and Marieke Schroeder's Schumann's Bar Talks, a tour of the world's best bars, hosted by legendary German barkeeper Charles Schumann. Soul will open the Culinary Cinema program and Atxa, a 3-Michelin star chef, will prepare the first evening's meal. Alexander Koppe, chef at Berlin's Skykitchen (one Michelin star) will prepare the Bar Talks dinner.
The other documentaries screening as part of the Culinary Cinema program examine broader issues of the food industry beyond the table. Justin Simms' Hand.Line.Cod. and Atlantic from Irish filmmaker Risteard O Domhnaill examine the exploitation of the ocean's limited resources. John Papola's At the Fork looks at the treatment of farm animals raised for our consumption. Laura Dunn shines a light on the life of one of America's great farmer/activists in Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Peter Svatek's Theater of Life looks at Milan's Refettorio Ambrosiano, a soup kitchen run by Massimo Bottura, one of Italy's most acclaimed chefs, while Christopher LaMarca's experimental film Boone tells the story of three young goat farmers struggling to live off the land.
Finally, the odd one out in this year's Culinary line-up is Australian doc Monsieur Mayonnaise by director Trevor Graham. The film stars the cult horror movie director Philippe Mora (Mad Dog Morgan) as he investigates the role his father played in the French resistance to the Nazis and how his mother narrowly escaped en route to Auschwitz. Apparently, baguettes and French mayonnaise played a major role.
The 11th edition of Berlin's Culinary Cinema will screen during the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19.