Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Be the first to review!

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: French chef Michel Bras, one of the most influential chefs in the world, has decided to hand over his renowned 3-Michelin-Star restaurant to his son Sébastien. Having worked with his father for 15 years, Sébastien is ready. But it's not easy to take over the family business when your fatherFrench chef Michel Bras, one of the most influential chefs in the world, has decided to hand over his renowned 3-Michelin-Star restaurant to his son Sébastien. Having worked with his father for 15 years, Sébastien is ready. But it's not easy to take over the family business when your father is a master in his field. Filmed in the gorgeous Aubrac region in the South of France, home to the Bras family for generations, Step Up To The Plate offers a rare glimpse into the Bras' culinary process while capturing one of the most closely watched transitions in the world of haute cuisine. (Cinema Guild) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 12, 2012
    91
    Step Up To The Plate is as much about the passing along of a legacy as it is about cooking.
  2. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 13, 2012
    90
    What resonates here are two men, two good men, whose lives have a paradoxically simple and complex bond beyond their profession. Step Up to the Plate asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles.
  3. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 12, 2012
    75
    Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 13, 2012
    75
    The film's true fascination is in the kitchen, as it is for the chefs themselves.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 21, 2012
    75
    It's the story of changing chefs and changing seasons. It looks at food as not just something that nourishes our bodies, but as something that enriches our lives and our relationships.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    As for the so-called "food compositions" seen here, like the film itself, they're more impressionistic and artistic than enticing. For a far more satisfying cinematic meal, check out the similarly themed "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Step Up to the Plate doesn't skimp on the food-porn goods, but the dynamic between its two stoical subjects is too undercooked to truly resonate.

See all 9 Critic Reviews

Trailers