Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Sep 29 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Sep 29 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:76 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Laura Gabbert


It doesn’t just take innovation to create edible works of art worthy of The Met, it also means looking back at the past for inspiration.

Via London, Versailles, and Instagram, “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

He assembles a team — a veritable who's who of the dessert world, including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko — to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden.

Ottolenghi acts as our guide throughout, disassembling pastries to give us the history of ingredients that we now take for granted, like sugar and chocolate.

“Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” perfectly captures the heights of human achievement and the frailty of decadence, adding taste as one more sense with which to experience the Met.