The Restaurateur gave us twelve years in the life of Danny Meyer, and soon, thanks to a new documentary about Paul Liebrandt, we’ll see a chef’s journey over the course of eight years. A Mouthful (the work of debut director Sally Rowe) accompanies a scrappy-looking Liebrandt from his tumultuous tenure at Gilt to his blossoming at Corton, and judging by the trailer, it doesn’t shy away from his notorious prickliness (he’s seen berating cooks Christian Bale–style and throwing pans across the kitchen) or his low points: “I’m unemployed,” he complains, “and yet Vogue magazine has three-page spreads on me.”
Eric Ripert is interviewed (“Yeah, I ate his food,” he says. “I have no comments!”) as are Thomas Keller, former Times critics William Grimes and Frank Bruni, fellow foam lovers Heston Blumenthal and Grant Achatz, and current boss Drew Nieporent. Add some highly photogenic dishes and you have what will certainly be a must-watch film. It premieres at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin this March.
A Mouthful [Official Site]