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The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine

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On the evening of February 24 2003, an astounding story broke into French radio and TV news bulletins, then raced around the world: Bernard Loiseau, ... Show synopsis

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Jacquelyn G
by Jacquelyn G on Jul 16, 2010

Lots of insightful information on the development and growth of French Haute Cuisine. Mr. Chelminski does a great job taking the history of French cuisine and ties it in with Bernard Loiseau, the French chef who reached a pinnacle of success but took his own life. Mr. Chelmenski relates the pressures ... More

schermie

Ambition, success, tragedy, history

by schermie on Jan 22, 2009

Bernard Loiseau began like most good French chefs, as the kitchen helper of the best chef who would hire him. Competition among chefs for good ratings in the Michelin Red Guide was fierce, with a three-star the most coveted. Loiseau, coming into his own as a chef, successfully navigated the competition ... More

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