Food on Film: Chef Jeremiah Tower

We love films about food, and are always looking for new ones to add to our list of favorites.

Here is a candidate that may shoot to the top of that list – Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – a documentary film released at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2016.  Produced by Anthony Bourdain, it tells the story of one of the most influential American chefs of the last 40 years.

Chef Jeremiah Tower at CNN Films – Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent at TFF Panel & Party on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Source: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images North America)

Jeremiah Tower virtually invented the celebrity chef, defined many of the concepts we take for granted in cuisine today, then went on hiatus for 20 years.  He returned to the kitchen for the most challenging assignment of his life: to save Tavern on the Green. The story was compelling enough for Bourdain to make a film about it, and we think our fellow food fans will be equally intrigued. Watch for its release in early 2017.


For beach reading this summer to prepare yourself for the film’s release, read Tower’s immensely entertaining memoir California Dish: What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution.  If you are short on time, this helpful Grub Street post catches you up on Tower’s adventures: 10 Awesomely Outrageous Stories About Tavern on the Green’s New Chef. We like number 6. A more in-depth article about Tower can be found at Eater.

What is your favorite food film? Let us know what you’re watching on social media. Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 


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