Chefs don’t have time to pop out and see a movie in the middle of the day, Don Draper-style, but Elise Kornack's restaurant, Take Root, happened to be closed for renovations recently. So she agreed to join me at a screening of Burnt, a new film directed by John Wells (August: Osage County).
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, an American chef who ran a successful restaurant in Paris until, struggling with addiction, he hurt everyone who cared about him and left the fine dining scene altogether. Now he’s clean, talented, but aesthetically a little out of date, what with his wee dots of sauce and giant portions of meat and fish. But Jones’s only ambition is to acquire three Michelin stars—the highest possible rating from the French restaurant guide.