Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 75 MINUTES

OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES

New York, LGBTQIA, Art, Food

Via London, Versailles, and Instagram, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He assembles a team—a veritable who's who of the dessert world, including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko—to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden.

Throughout the film, Ottolenghi acts as a guide, disassembling pastries to give us the history of ingredients that we now take for granted, like sugar and chocolate. In conversations with experts, we also get an insight into life at Versailles, from the opulence of the Sun King to the downfall of Marie Antoinette, and including what went on in the kitchens. The film perfectly captures the heights of human achievement and the frailty of decadence, adding taste as one more sense with which to experience the Met.—Frederic Boyer


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Laura Gabbert

Documentary director Laura Gabbert's critically acclaimed films use humor and drama to put a human face on a range of social issues, including aging, the environment, and AIDS. Gabbert's City of Gold about Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Director
Laura Gabbert
Producer
Steve Robillard, Mohamed Al Rafi, Jeff Frey, Lauren Deuterman
Cinematographer
Judy Phu
Editor
Philip Owens, Faroukh Virani
Composer
Ryan Rumery
Executive Producer
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit, Ernie Avila, Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett, Peter Gethers
Key Cast
Yotam Ottolenghi
Cast
Yotam Ottolenghi, Dominique Ansel, Ghaya Oliveira, Dinara Kasko, Sam Bompas, Janice Wong

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