Of all the “chef follow” type of films, this is one of my favorites. I feel it does a great job showing the width and breath of the world he has created. His innovative spirit has not always been met with praise but he has constantly pushed onward, looking to the future. He seems to absorb the world through his senses like a sponge and then distills what he has learned into his concepts. Over the years I have had the privilege of grubbing in a number of his outlets. Benoit in Tokyo was 5 minute walk from my apartment and was visited for lunch on my day off more times that I can count. His first foray into the NYC market met with major backlash from the times and public but I have to say the truffle menu I had has a permanent place in my top eating experiences. Spoon at the Intercontinental in Hong Kong was an incredibly innovative experience that was dripping with sex appeal and fun food. And, most recently a trip to the re-brand of Plaza Athénée in Paris completely shattered my notions of what a 3*experience could still be. The Langoustines with Caviar…. simply the most perfect plate of food I have ever tasted.
So, for all you youngsters out there, do not discount the “old grarde”. It is just as important to look back as it is to look forward (bien sûr)