Directed by Luis Gonzalez (Spain, 2016, 86 min). In Catalan, Spanish, French, English, and Turkish with English subtitles. Non-competition documentary.
Director Luis Gonzalez teams up with the Roca Brothers—Joan, Josep, and Jordi, owners of Catalonia’s Celler de Can Roca, current holder of Restaurant Magazine’s “Best Restaurant in the World” award—to take a five-week tour across Turkey, diving into the rich, diverse culinary cultures of one of the world’s major crossroads. The three brothers cross the nation on a mission to honor Turkish cuisine by developing a new menu using locally produced ingredients—and to invigorate Celler de Can Roca’s own menu with new energies. They seek new ideas in a variety of places, from the bustling streets and marketplaces of Istanbul to the vineyards of Cappadocia, openly engaging with and learning from the sommeliers, chefs, and farmers that drive one of the world’s most tradition-bound yet evolving gastronomic cultures. From disparate Arabic, Asian, and European influences to the exciting recent development of New Anatolian Cuisine, the Roca Brothers embrace an ancient nation on the cusp of a food revolution, which inspires them in turn to make their own Can Roca, not only one of the world’s greatest restaurants, but a restaurant truly of the world.
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