Culinary Cinema | 2017 | 97 minutes
SIFF Says:Most simply view cooking as a necessity. But for some, it’s an art, an act of self-expression, a lifestyle. Chinese director Raymond Yip Wai Man’s latest film tells the story of two men who have dedicated their lives to the art of food. Their passion may be the same, but their styles couldn’t be less alike; one is a Cantonese street cook, the other a French-trained, Michelin-starred chef. As they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition, the rivals discover an unexpected mutual foe and realize they have more in common than they thought. Cook Up a Storm is Yip’s biggest film yet, and the production value speaks to this: Elaborately constructed environments aren’t just believable, they’re beautiful; professional kitchens are as pristine and flawless as the food created in them. The film is shot so well it’s hard to watch without longing for the food onscreen, but backing up its allure is an equally satisfying plotline. Dramatic yet affecting, it’s ultimately a story about coming together. Cook Up a Storm will inspire you to do more than take a cooking course, it will encourage you to realize you’re not so different from your enemies.
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