The Quest of Alain Ducasse, a new feature-length documentary from filmmaker Gilles de Maistre, looks at how one of France’s most celebrated chefs runs his global restaurant empire. The 61-year-old chef currently operates 23 establishments — a mix of acclaimed fine-dining restaurants and more casual French bistros — on four continents. At one point not too long ago, Ducasse’s restaurants held 21 Michelin stars, a feat that has only been bested by his colleague Joël Robuchon.
“What I do is my favorite hobby,” Ducasse explains in the film’s trailer. “I hunt down and taste produce all over the world.” And true to that promise, the preview shows Ducasse eating lots of fruits and vegetables in several different cities, while also sitting down for more formal meals. Judging by the trailer, the film will feature a visit to the cooking school that he launched in the Philippines, as well as scenes from the opening of Ore, Ducasse’s ambitious restaurant in the Palace of Versailles.
Magnolia Pictures is releasing the film in theaters on June 8, and it will also be available that same day on iTunes, Amazon Video, and On Demand.
• The Quest for Alain Ducasse [YouTube]