The grand documentary filmed over the past two years is finally released.


Today, Friday September 1st in San Sebastián, Spain it was announced that “Michelin Stars – Tales From The Kitchen” will feature as the prestigious opening film of the Culinary Zinema: Film and Gastronomy Section, Saturday 23rd at the 65th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

The production is a grand documentary, filmed over a two-year period and follows the lives, views and everyday of a long and diverse range of star chefs, global diners, food writers and Michelin management across the world. From New York City to Copenhagen, from San Sebastián to Tokyo.

At a moment in time, when humanity is obsessed with food – photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media, the documentary goes under the surface and offers an in-depth, honest and relevant view into the world and every day of Michelin chefs and restaurants.

Telling tales from a grand menu of culinary temples as well as digging into the greatness and flaws of Guide Michelin in this golden age of gastronomy.

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With grand chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshimi Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy and many more, the head production team of three Danes; Director Rasmus Dinesen, Producer Jesper Jarl Becker and Culinary Producer Kristian Brask Thomsen sets the gastronomy bar at the highest level possible.

This while also managing to illustrate a dark flipside of the shiny coin in creating utter culinary excellence; in search of a realistic understanding of life behind the often airbrushed scenes of what is arguably the most dynamic and creative industry in the world.


(in order of appearance)

Guy Savoy, Guy Savoy ***, Paris
Alain Ducasse, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée ***, Paris
Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz **, Gipuzkoa
Victor Arguinzoniz, Asador Extebarri *, Atxondo
René Redzepi, Noma **, Copenhagen
Rasmus Kofoed, Geranium ***, Copenhagen
Esben Holmboe Bang, Maaemo ***, Oslo
Mark Ladner, Del Posto *, New York City
Alain Weissgerber, Taubenkobel (**), Schützen am Gebirge
Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park ***, New York City
Fredrik Berselius, Aska **, New York City
Benoit Violier, l’Hotel de Ville ***, Crissier
Frank Giovannini, l’Hotel de Ville ***, Crissier
Kevin Fehling, The Table ***, Hamburg
Yoshihiro Narisawa, Narisawa **, Tokyo
Namae Shinobu, L’Effervescence **, Tokyo
Yoshimi Tanigawa, Kichisen ***, Kyoto
Wassim Halal, Frederikshøj *, Aarhus


Daniel Humm, New York City – Guy Savoy, Paris – Yoshimi Tanigawa, Kyoto. Three continents, three-starred Michelin excellence.



Michael Ellis, Managing Director, Guide Michelin, Paris
José Carlos Capel, Critic, El País, Creator of Madrid Fusión, Madrid
Gerhard Huber, Global Diner, Boston/London
Matt Goulding, Multiple Award Wining Food Writer, Barcelona
Claus Meyer, Food Entrepreneur, Copenhagen/La Paz/New York City
Barbara Eselböck, Taubenkobel, Schützen am Gebirge
Kat Kinsman, Writer & Editor, New York City
Brigitte Violier, General Manager, l’Hotel de Ville, Crissier
Allesandro Egidi, Maître d’, l’Hotel de Ville, Crissier
Yoshiki Tsuji, School Head Master, Tsuji Culinary Institute, Osaka


Above: Michelin Managing Director Michael Ellis, Paris. Below: “Ash 2009 – Scene of the Sea Shore” by Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, Tokyo.


The red carpet gala premiere takes place at the grand Kursaal Palace in San Sebastián on Saturday September 23rd and will be followed by a premiere dinner at the Basque Culinary Center, cooked by a magnificent trifecta; Latin America’s Best Female Chef Kamilla Seidler of Gustu in La Paz, Alain Weissgerber of Taubenkobel in Schützen am Gebirge and 3*Michelin Elena Arzak of Arzak in San Sebastián.

The premiere dinner is followed by a talk with the film’s head production team.

The combined tickets for the screening and dinner will go on sale at the San Sebastián Film Festival’s website on September 4th.

In case of interest or/and press, please contact Kristian Brask Thomsen at:


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The diplomacy speaks to a strong network of 600 journalists, bloggers and writers, as well as 2500 luxury diners around the globe.


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