Chef Homaro Cantu was one of the Chicago school of cooking's finest. A Charlie Trotter's alumnus - along with Grant Achatz, Graham Elliot, Art Smith et al - Cantu was the genius behind the city's Michelin-starred Moto and its sister restaurant, iNG. Filmmaker Brett A. Schwartz was drawn to Cantu through newspaper reports of crazily inventive food that constantly pushed the envelope of molecular gastronomy. What he discovered was a man on a quest. A research scientist disguised in chef's whites, Cantu was on the hunt for new ideas and bold solutions far beyond the scope of fine dining; he wanted to change the world.
Brought up in poverty and abuse, Cantu's childhood lacked any stability and he was often homeless. His rise was as hard earned as it was meteoric and, as Schwartz reveals, he remained hungry for change - at least until everything came crashing down. Compelling and moving, Schwartz shows us an innovator whose big dreams were both his blessing and his curse.
|Running Time:||98 minutes|
|Awards:||Silver Spotlight Doc. Award, Hollywood Int'l Independent Documentary Awards; Award of Recognition, Best Doc. Feature-CineSol Film Festival|
|Director:||Brett A. Schwartz|
|Producers:||Brett A. Schwartz|
|Principal Cast:||Homaro Cantu. Richie Farina, Angela Cantu-Reeder|
Screening will be followed by dinner at Palm Springs' chic and swanky EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge, the current hot spot in the Uptown Design District. This event is a natural extension of EIGHT4NINE's philosophy, which offers a stunning range of spaces and ambiances with an eclectic and colorful menu incorporating cooking techniques and ingredients borrowed from the world of food science; innovative dishes that are already a multi-sensorial experience. Executive Chef Chuck Courtney is bound to pull something special out of his hat. Dinner & A Movie ticket ($75) required for admittance to the dinner.