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Don Reviews "Jeremiah Trotter: The Last Magnificent"

I really like a lot of those cooking shows on TV. Now, do I watch Food Network twelve hours a day? No, I do not, but some of the shows I watch are in some ways informative and also entertaining, reminding me a bit of the days of working in restaurants years ago.

“Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” is the new film directed by Lydia Tenaglia (A Cook’s Tour, Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth) and documents the life and career of Chef Jeremiah Tower. Through interviews with people like Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Anthony Bourdain, and Wolfgang Puck, the film shows the childhood and early life of Jeremiah to his restaurant, “Stars,” and culminates with his recent employment at the world famous Tavern on the Green in New York City.

It was interesting to see some of the nature shots that were added and how they worked themselves into the story as it was told. They had the right clips for that moment in the film which I feel enhances it, and I found it interesting to see the respect for Jeremiah by the long list of some of the top celebrities in the culinary world.

When it comes to the plot, I am a little conflicted because although it is interesting, it is too long with too much focus on certain parts of his life that I felt was not really needed for the overall story, like him climbing temples in Mexico. I did like a little how the film backtracked from showing Jeremiah on his life of today and then going back to his life story. The film also did not really show that much food or him cooking overall, which did surprise me. I did eat before I screened this film to ensure that I would not be hungry afterwards, but it really lacks in that aspect. Overall I will recommend this film, but only as streaming on Netflix.

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