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The documentary A Matter of Taste follows the American career of chef Paul Liebrandt from his arrival in New York shortly after 9/11 to 2008 when his TriBeCa restaurant opened to critical acclaim. Liebrandt's rise was hardly the stuff of Hollywood dreams. His eccentric, envelop-pushing culinary style was often hemmed in by the people he worked for, leaving him either unemployed or slinging up-scale burgers.
A Matter of Taste is a frank look at the life of a culinary artist. Liebrandt, trained in France, takes the classic dishes as a foundation but then tweaks and twists them into something totally new. His plates are absolutely beautiful to look at and his standards are exacting. The taste must have been exquisite because his work at Croton earned two Michelin stars and the praises of every restaurant critic in the city.
According to a New York Times article written this summer, Liebrandt and his partner at Croton parted ways, and the chef's website mentions that his newest restaurant is The Elm, in Brooklyn.
For a fascinating look at the rise and fall and rise of a master chef, take a look at A Matter of Taste.
Warning: the opening scene of the trailer and the movie shows butchering and blood. After that, there is no more gore, but I know some people are sensitive, and I didn't want you to be surprised.