Jacqueline Sainsbury - October 28th, 2013
It's not what you cook. It's why.
Award-winning documentary Spinning Plates picks through the trappings of restaurants—the decor, the tableware, the press, even the walls—to reach the nucleus, the force driving chefs to the stoves and customers to the tables.
"It's a movie about food, family, legacy and passion," says director Joseph Levy. "It's a work sprung forth from the intersection of inspiration and tremendous loss in my life. For me, more than anything else, it's a tribute to my father."
Bonds to the profession, to the community, and to one's family fuel the fires behind three restaurants followed in the film: Grant Achatz struggling against cancer while struggling for stars at Alinea in Chicago, a 150 year old restaurant/"community center" rebuilt from ashes in Iowa, and a husband and wife's hopeful ticket to financial security for themselves and their daughter with a Mexican restaurant in Tucson.