The PBS documentary series POV will air Kings of Pastry on June 21 as the opener for its 24th season. Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker chronicles the French pâtissiers competing for the title of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, and the glory of wearing the tri-color collar that comes with it.
In the course of this documentary, men will cry, sugar-spun sculptural desserts will topple, and éclairs will receive a level of scrutiny that strikes many viewers as absurd. In his review of the film Joshua David Stein wrote that to those competing, the éclairs represent "years of hard work, of first steps of firstborns unseen, of evenings into the night spent in a replica pastry kitchen in the basement."
Video: Kings of Pastry Trailer
· Kings of Pastry [Official Site]
· Kings of Pastry and the Downfall of American Culinary Culture [-E-]