I was fortunate to receive an invite from Zomato to watch the premiere of Burnt, the latest chef movie and boy is it deliciously delightful. The charming Bradley Cooper plays a raging master chef, Adam Jones who derailed his career as a Michelin starred chef because of his reckless drug abuse lifestyle. He is now on a mission to get back to the kitchen and earn his third Michelin star.
This movie gives a glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes in creating culinary masterpieces. We are let in to the real world of temper tantrums, tossing of plates and downright rage and stress of the kitchen.
I find most movies not only romanticize and glamourize foodie movies by focusing cooking as a delicate art but no, not Burnt. Burnt is brutally real as it shows the rough struggle that Chefs and the staff go through, the long hours, the struggle for perfection.
Chefs are highly stressed working almost 16 hour days six times a week and all seem to possess an obsession and fixation on perfection. I think this leads to the frustration and rage. I have been reading a few accounts of real life kitchen stories and let’s say the movie is on the tame side. A chef* once allegedly burned a teenage member of his kitchen staff with a hot knife after losing his temper in the heat of the kitchen. Extreme much?
That aside, the scrumptious and tantalizing meals prepared in the movie are enough to cause multiple foodgasms. Apparently Bradley Cooper is a chef in real life but had to undergo some training under the auspices of Gordon Ramsey for the movie. What better training could you ask for? Fun fact: most of the chefs in the movie are actual chefs from Michelin starred restaurants.
This movie gave me a new found respect and awe for chefs and the blood sweat and tears (not literal) that goes into the hard work at producing culinary magic. One really has to have a thick skin to work in this environment. It’s a case of, If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!
In Gordon Ramsey’s words kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters …
This was a great movie that taught me a lesson on hard work, passion and the dedication to push when you truly love something.
Thank you #Zomatouae for inviting me to the Premiere.