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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011: A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011: <em>A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt</em>
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011: <em>A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt</em>

“If you’re hungry,” said Alan Teasley, the Full Frame programmer introducing the festival’s primetime screening of Sally Rowe’s A Matter of Taste, “you’re just done for. You won’t survive the night.” He wasn’t far off. This hour-long expose on the life and aspirations of Paul Liebrandt—at the film’s outset just made the youngest chef ever to earn a perfect three-star rating from The New York Times—is an unrestrained delight in two parts. First, Rowe looks at how the boy-wonder-turned-snake-bitten-perfectionist struggles to keep a job, followed by spectacular footage of Liebrandt launching from the ground up, and for the first time, a restaurant truly from his heart: Corton. Dotted along the way are the difficult-to-gauge pleasantries from some of the culinary field’s leading lights (Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulod) along with a few of the more eye-catching meals ever allowed to steal a scene on film; at one point, Liebrandt champions, with very good reason, the visual impression his plates make.