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The 'Kings of Pastry' comes to Los Angeles

October 8, 2010 | 11:57 am

Pastry The judge looks somber, even severe. "Each product," he says with great solemnity, "is a moral dilemma." Is he talking about matters of life and death, about issues that divide nations and citizens alike? No, he is talking about desserts. French desserts. Welcome to the alluring, irresistible world of "Kings of Pastry."

So begins Kenneth Turan's review of the new documentary on the chase for France's Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (best craftsmen of France) by a cast of talented pastry chefs, including Chicago's Jacquy Pfeiffer. You can see the movie Friday night and engage in a Q&A with Pfeiffer at a benefit organized by Spago pastry queen Sherry Yard. There will also be a dessert tasting put on by a few of Yard's favorite local pastry chefs. Tickets are $75 and will go to the Southern California Careers Through Culinary Arts Program for high school students. For more information, call (818) 704-9979.

-- Russ Parsons

Photo Credit: Paul Strabbing