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Jeremiah Towers: The Last Magnificent

I admit that I did not know anything about Jeremiah Towers before I watched the movie. He is a chef who became a celebrity in the 70’s and 80’s, first as the chef at Chez Panisse in San Francisco and then as the chef and owner of Starz, a fine-dining restaurant that was extremely successful for about 20 years. The film documents Tower’s rise and fall. During the height of his successful run, Towers suddenly walked away from Starz and disappeared, only to surface again in New York City as chef for a restaurant called Tavern on the Green. Tower’s story is told as a psychological exploration of the making of a great chef, from his words as well as those of his close friends and colleagues, as well as a historical perspective on the launch of the “California cuisine” movement and his role in it. I was intrigued and found the story to be rather interesting; had he been at the height of his career today, he probably would have had his own very successful TV reality cooking show. Thumbs up for an interesting story that is told in a unique style.

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