Every so often I’ll discover a brilliant surprise on Netflix and when that surprise comes in the form of food films/documentaries it can be an extra special surprise. “A Tale of Two Kitchens” is one of those extra special surprises.
I strongly recommend that you watch “A Tale of Two Kitchens” on Netflix; about 2 sister restaurants in Mexico City and San Francisco.— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) May 27, 2019
It’s not simply about the food though, it explores so much more yet still highlights how food can bring us together so powerfully.
“A Tale of Two Kitchens” is directed by Trisha Ziff the documentary takes viewers on a day in the life of Cala and Contramar.
Gabriela Cámara is an internationally renowned chef who founded
Contramar in Mexico City in 1998 and opened its sister eatery, Cala in San Francisco in 2015. Both restaurants have a similar menu, with fresh seafood and authentic Mexican dishes at their core but they are shaped distinctly by very different social and cultural markers in terms of the US experience and the Mexican experience. The documentary gives team members a chance to speak about their experiences and journeys. Employees from both restaurants are seen as part of a wider family and there is an element of trust that is not always seen in the hospitality industry. I really respected the ethos of Cala, giving everyone a chance particularly those who may struggle to get employment like those who have been released from prison. I also really liked the insights into human relationships, identity and culture. I love documentaries like this and definitely recommend that you watch it if you can.
Here’s the trailer for you to check out: