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A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

In 2000, at the age of 24, Englishman Paul Liebrandt became the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from the New York Times. It was an extraordinary breakthrough for such an early adventurer in post-modernist cuisine. Expat Kiwi Sally Rowe began filming Liebrandt soon after, never anticipating the setbacks that he would face before achieving anything like the success heralded by his stellar entrance. Landlords and investors, it seems, were reading the bottom line, not the reviews – and after 9/11 New Yorkers' tastes for inspired experiments in haute cuisine declined noticeably.

1hr 7mins long

William Grimes
Thomas Keller
Paul Liebrandt
Frank Bruni
Drew Nieporent
Arleene Oconotrillo