Directed by: Lydia Tenaglia
Total Runtime: 103 min
Country of Origin: United States
Official selection Tribeca Film Fest; Mill Valley Film Fest
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, America’s first celebrity chef — and one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. In 1972, Tower began his career at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where he pioneered the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, in part due to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch Stars, his own legendary restaurant, in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation. After several years, however, Tower mysteriously vanished from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s Tavern on the Green. Featuring interviews with Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of Jeremiah Tower, whose brash personality and culinary genius have made him a living legend.