Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Culinary Cinema

La quête d’Alain Ducasse

The Quest of Alain Ducasse

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What is the quest of Alain Ducasse, the little boy from Landes who became the most renowned chef and culinary mentor in the world? What can a man who seems to have everything still be searching for? With 23 restaurants across the globe and 18 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse continues to create restaurants for our times, to build schools, to push the boundaries of his profession toward new horizons with his boundless curiosity. He relentlessly travels the world: for him, cooking is an infinite universe. This public, yet secretive man agreed to be followed for two years, thereby revealing to us his perpetually evolving universe.

Gilles de Maistre

France 2017


Documentary form
84’ · Colour


Gilles de Maistre
Eric Roux, Gilles de Maistre
Director of Photography
Gilles de Maistre
Michèle Hollander
Armand Amar
Vincent Cosson
Executive Producer
Catherine Camborde
Gilles de Maistre, Stéphane Simon


Gilles de Maistre

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1960, he is a journalist, director, producer and world traveller. After studying journalism and philosophy, he worked as a journalist and picture editor for the Sygma photo agency in Paris. In 1990 he founded his first production company, Tetra Media. He has won numerous international awards for his documentary and feature films, including an Emmy Award and the French journalism prize, the Prix Albert-Londres. He is currently developing four cinema films and is working as a producer and director for Outside Films and Mai-Juin Productions.


1994 Killer Kid 2001 Féroce 2007 Le Premier Cri 2009 Grands Reporters 2011 Voir le pays du matin calme 2012 Jusqu’au bout du monde 2016 3 Mariages et un coup de foudre 2017 La quête d’Alain Ducasse

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Outside Films

World sales

Pathé International