I recently had the pleasure of seeing the movie Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper. I had never heard of this title before I saw it in the discount bin at my local Wal-Mart. I’m a huge Bradley Cooper fan so I figured for a few bucks, I’d give this movie a shot. I’m glad I did.
Burnt tells the story of a chef who has hit rock bottom due to alcoholism. In his quest for resurgence, he opens his own restaurant with the hopes of becoming a 3-star Michelin restaurant. The main chef is played by Bradley Cooper.
This isn’t your typical redemption / cooking film. In fact, there’s actually a lot to learn about the restaurant industry and cooking in general from this movie.
Burnt gives an excellent look into the world of high-end restaurants. You see the dedication that all of the working folks have to their craft. It’s simply not cooking and serving. Rather, it’s creating and complimenting.
One thing that I really loved about Burnt was the use of sous vide. In fact (spoiler alert) sous vide cooking is what ends up saving the restaurant and getting them their 3 stars. While they were able to use a new, best commercial sous vide machine to cook the award winning steak, they also incorporated other fine elements such as vacuum sealing and searing. The attention to detail was amazing.
In addition to sous vide cooking, there were other traditional French recipes used. Bradley Cooper’s character has a strong French cuisine background. They dabbled in other realms of cooking but ultimately fell back on what they knew.
The discipline that was shown throughout the film is amazing. Chefs have to endure so much; it’s really remarkable.
Bradley Cooper did a great job in this film. His portrayal of a desperate chef should have won him some awards. The movie wasn’t even nominated for any awards; even independent ones.
I feel that this is one of Bradley Cooper’s best films to date.
I highly recommend everyone go and rent or buy Burnt. It’s an easy-to-watch, thrilling, dramatic 1.5 hours of cinema. And you get to learn about sous vide cooking!