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Documentary - Completed 2015

On the height of this culinary career, Master chef Sergio Herman feels he needs to let go of his 3-star restaurant Oud Sluis in order to fulfill his dreams. A revealing documentary about perfection, ambition and sacrifices.

& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2015
Culinary Zinema
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Willemiek KLUIJFHOUT
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Driven top-chef, Sergio Herman (43), strives for perfection every day. After he became master chef of his father’s restaurant Oud Sluis in the Netherlands, it was awarded with 3 Michelin stars. It is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. However, the beauty and success of his culinary art has a downside: the long hours, the competition, the continuous pressure. He is hardly able to spend time with his loving wife and four children. His father, with whom he apprenticed, now suffers from Alzheimers. Sergio decides that if he wants to enjoy life, this is the time for a change. He takes the difficult and radical decision to close the family restaurant. The documentary follows the rock-n-roll chef during his year of transformation. We take the audience behind-the-scenes into the kitchen of his three star restaurant as it is about to close, revealing Sergio’s struggles in taking a new turn in life.

      But being the perfectionist he is, Sergio finds it impossible to do things half-heartedly. After closing Oud Sluis, he can’t help but start upgrading his second restaurant Pure C, with chef Syrco Bakker, in the South of Holland. Additionally, he initiates a larger-than-life project in an old cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium. Together with his right-hand, Nick Bril, they build a restaurant of their dreams where design, food and art all come together. Meanwhile, Sergio’s brother Michel converts Oud Sluis into an unpretentious bistro and Sergio’s wife takes careful steps to start her own career.

      This documentary brings forth the existential questions and doubts that many of us identify with in life. It is an honest and intimate portrait that shows the struggles of a man in transition. What comes to mind is what James M. Barrie wrote in Peter Pan: You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.