Wednesday, 3 August 2016

NZIFF: Ants on a Shrimp

I've always liked watching food/chef documentary, so here's Ants on a Shrimp.

This follows the restaurant Noma as it decides to move from Copenhagen to Tokyo for 5 weeks. This has a lot of build up, we follow the decision to move (because it's fun!) then the task of trying to find a collection of dishes that represent Noma and Japan. The main people taste all sorts of things, and prepare lots of foods... and we get to see them kill turtles, and serve up still living shrimps that have had their shells removed... Cuisine! However, we get up to the opening moment... and that's pretty much where the movie ends. We get the dishes and then the end credits. Eh? How did they do? We never know...

So it's a decent enough movie for what we see. This isn't the first time I've seen a "let's create a new menu" chef documentary (indeed, I've seen a fair few, and will probably track down more), and we get to see some really weird concoctions. I'm sure food buffs would be able to point out various delicacies and even suggest how tastes work together... but for the rest of us, it's just odd what chefs can come up with. I doubt I'll ever experience a tasting menu...

Anyway, it's a good 2/3 of a movie, shame they never did the other 1/3.


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