MICHELIN STARS THE MADNESS OF PERFECTION
Michelin stars the madness of perfection is a brilliant documentary by British food writer and critic William Sitwell who is investigating the pressure, the madness and obsessions that chef have with gaining their own Michelin Star. Sitwell will seeks answers to many of his questions ‘It elevates your average stove monkey to superior cheffy status; it puts you in a completely new culinary class. But how relevant is Michelin? Do we want poncey food? Or can you get a Michelin star for a good steak and chips? Is the Michelin Guide harmful in its influence? And does the path to Michelin-starred perfection lead to dangerous obsession?’
I really enjoyed this documentary as Stiwell goes beyond his desk by rolling out his sleeves at Marcus Wareing’s restaurant in London who was seeking his 3th star and learning how much importance is given to details and perfection. He talks to Marco Pierre White who after gaining three stars at the age of 33 instantly becoming the new hot commodity in town dumped his stars a few years later as he felt that the stars are completely obsolete and biased. He travels to France to meet Bernard Loiseau’s widow who husband took his own life due to his obsession with the Michelin star.
Stiwell does not take any side but listen to all opinions, which is something I love about this documentary. What really comes out is how seeking total perfection is the ultimate goal and how the stars can make or break a career. Stiwell rightly points out that in the end it is just food.