Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared one of the best.
This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef, it is a dream and an obsession.
The film follows pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer as he journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to get some much needed practice before the competition starts. Two other finalists are featured in the film; Regis Lazard, who was competing for the second time, and Philippe Rigollot, France’s only three-star restaurant owned by a woman.
During the final days of the competition, chefs work hard under constant scrutiny by master judges and the critical palates of some of the world’s most renowned chefs as they evaluate their elaborate pastries.
Finally, 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. Kings of Pastry captures the high-stakes drama of the competition, passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy.