Mugaritz restaurant in Errenteria, Spain, was voted the fourth best in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2008. Its chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz, has a self-described “techno-emotional” approach to cuisine. For three years, musician Felipe Ugarte studied Aduriz’s culinary formulas. Ugarte transforms his thorough knowledge about the history, technique, philosophy, ingredients, and presentation of each dish into a song that reflects those same aspirations through music. The results are captured in this stunning film exploring the avant-garde in both fields.
Director Juantxo Sardón documented the project in its entirety, from the preparation of dishes, to trips in search of melodies, to studio recordings. The result is a beautifully photographed exploration of the creative processes behind gastronomy and their transformation into the field of musical creation, which takes full advantage of the rich variety of color and textures that both worlds offer.
The journey starts at Mugaritz, where chef Aduriz and musician Ugarte meet to discuss the philosophy, form, and ingredients of the restaurant's dishes. Ugarte’s desire to produce a sonorous world that is faithful to each dish leads him to search for soundscapes in the mountains of Gipuzkoa, in the pastures of Extremadura, and in the Galician Sea. The camera follows Ugarte as he rounds up and records exceptional musicians and unusual instruments from around the world. The audience hears the results as the food is prepared, inspiring dreams of traveling to Spain.
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