BAFF alumni doc "The Restaurateur"(winner, BAFF 2010 Best Documentary) now available on DVD from First Run Features
July 10, 2011
This intimate documentary follows Danny Meyer, one of America's preeminent restaurant owners, over a 12 year span as he struggles to open not one but two ambitious restaurants next to New York's Madison Square Park. Tabla and Eleven Madison Park, if successful, will join Union Square Caf and Gramercy Tavern as the jewels in Meyer's crown.
We follow the restaurateur and his team as they experience gut-wrenching construction delays, missed deadlines, and the firing of a chef. We visit Tabla's chef Floyd Cardoz in his tiny home kitchen where he creates his now classic watermelon curry. We're there as chef Kerry Heffernan takes over Eleven Madison Park just weeks before opening, and then later, after a countrywide search, when Daniel Humm is hired, leading to a coveted four star review from the New York Times, one of only six restaurants to be so honored.
Danny Meyer bares all in this portrait. Watching him and his inner circle, we witness first-hand how difficult it is to create a world-class restaurant. The Restaurateur is nothing like those reality shows. This is real.
WINNER! Best Food Documentary, Sonoma Int'l Film Festival
WINNER! Best Documentary, Big Apple Film Festival
What the Critics are Saying
"A breath of fresh air in this world of reality television and food-tertainment. It's an honest portrayal of Danny Meyer's struggles and successes, a must-see for documentary lovers, entrepreneurs, and foodies."
- Blanca Valbuena, FriendsEat.com
"Beg, borrow as needed, but do yourself a favor and see The Restaurateur. I can't think of a single food freak who wouldn't love it: charming, compelling and Tom Colicchio with hair!"
- Kat Kinsman, CNN's Eatocracy.com