Here's a teaser trailer to the film Bitter Feast in which a chef exacts revenge on a food blogger, J.T. Franks, who ruins his career with a negative review. "The public demands raw meat, I just give it to them," says the blogger as he describes the restaurant's food as "vomitous."
Mario Batali, playing a restaurateur, fires the chef. Naturally, the chef then loses his mind, kidnaps the blogger, and chains him up in a basement. Franks is forced to go perform "a series of deceptively simple food challenges - from preparing a perfect egg over easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare - punishing him sadistically for anything less than total perfection." Creepy!
The origins of BITTER FEAST go back to June, 2007. I was reading a Frank Bruni review of Gordon Ramsay’s first New York City restaurant, “London Hotel.” There was a lassitude in Bruni’s writing that gave you the sense he liked the food, but wanted to dislike it, and so he delivered this odd, middling, lazy review, ultimately con- demning it for lack of what Bruni considered “the most important thing of all – excitement.” It struck me that this was totally ridiculous and unfair. Then I started thinking what I would do to Frank Bruni if I were Gordon Ramsay. After many strange imaginings, I concluded that more than anything else, what Ramsay would prob- ably want is to somehow force Bruni to live in Ramsay’s shoes for a bit, to teach him empathy, to force him to care about cooking with the intensity that Ramsay
cared about it, and then to randomly and arbitrarily shit all over Bruni’s dreams. Thus, BITTER FEAST.
Video: Bitter Feast Trailer