Life Lessons from Movies

Kings of Pastry

In Documentary, Movies on December 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Kings of Pastry (2009) is a documentary by directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker about the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) pastry competition, which is held every four years. Winners earn the title “Best craftsman of France in Pastry”.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let adversity — difficulties, misfortune — stop you. Finish a task you set out to do. Finishing is its own reward, and only those who finish are eligible to win.

Movie Scene:

On the last day of the three day competition, the towering sugar sculpture that Chef Philippe Rigollot was working on topples over as he places it on the kitchen table. Only the base remains intact while the rest falls to the floor and shatters completely.

Chef Philippe Rigollot: “I couldn’t believe it. I left because I needed to breathe. Do I stop? Do I give up? Then I remembered what Gerard had told me: ‘No matter what happens see it through to the end.'”

He starts working on a replacement sugar sculpture and goes on to become one of five medal recipients of the MOF.

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